Arthritic Neck Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Neck Pain

Adults, especially those advanced in age, often experience pain in areas involved in repetitive movements or parts of the body that bears the body’s weight eg. the lower back, neck, knees, hips, shoulders and ankles. In our modern city living, due to inactivity or a sedentary lifestyle, such as sitting for many hours per day, the most common complains of many people is neck pain or pain near the top of the back/spine.

Causes of neck pain are :

  1. Whiplash (neck injury)
  2. Neck strain
  3. Pinched nerve
  4. Herniated disc
  5. Infections – This includes several viral infections eg. meningitis, tuberculosis of the neck, spine bone infections.
  6. Degenerative disc disease
  7. Stiff neck
  8. Lack of magnesium
  9. Poor posture
  10. Tumors

Neck pains are typically related to poor posture, such as “forward head posture,” sleep related or stress. There are so many different reasons why you are experiencing joint pain, it is adviseable to get a professional opinion especially if your symptoms last for more than several weeks, are sudden or unexplained. This is to rule out any conditions that might be worsening or an autoimmune condition such as arthritis or any other more serious issues. Those with arthritis develop pain that can lead to inflammation in the joints resulting in painful sensations.

Pain in the neck area may be a clue to arthritis of the neck. Cervical spondylosis, as it is commonly known, is the medical term for these age-related, wear-and-tear that occur over time. Almost half of all middle aged and older have worn out discs and joints who may or may not experience symptoms of cervical spondylosis.

What are the symptoms of an arthritic neck?

  • Impassiveness or itchiness – This can be felt from the arm to the fingers which is caused by strained nerve root.
  • Pain and stiffness of the neck – These are the common symptoms observed in neck problems. The sufferer may experience pain on either side or middle of the neck. However, it can extend to the shoulder, shoulder blade and upper chest.
  • Crepitus (crunching sound on the joints) – This symptom is caused by joint portions that moves against each other including rubbing of ligaments with other bones when the head is moving.
  • Dizziness – Another sign of arthritic neck is the feeling of dizziness every time a person looks up and turns the head. This may lead to blackouts when there is reduction of blood flow.
  • Muscle spasms – This can be experienced when the head is turning only to one side. This neck problem can last for hours or days but sometimes continue for weeks or more.

Risk Factors

Age is the most common risk factor arthritic neck pain.

Other factors that may include:

  • Genetics— family history
  • Smoking
  • Occupation—jobs with lots of repetitive neck motion and overhead work
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Previous injury or trauma to the neck eg whiplash

The good news is there are non-surgical interventions that can help relieve arthritic neck pain. It is worth giving several of natural treatments a try since they are simple lifestyle changes.

It includes a combination of supplements, diet changes, exercises, physiotherapy and topical applications to reduce swelling and inflammation naturally.

  1. incorporate stretching and exercising several times daily in your work environment
  2. Hot and cold packs for immediate relief
  3. Diet modifications. Read about what a non-inflammatory diet is like.
  4. Topical application of Emu Oil and oral consumption of Emu Oil Capsules is a fast and effective relief for chronic or severe neck pain.

Emu Oil, derived from the flightless native bird of Australia, has been used effectively for the relief of pain, muscle strains, sprains as well as wounds and injuries. It has a high penetrative rate to reach inflammation beneath the skin of affected areas to ease pain and reduce swelling.

Emu Tracks uses modern proprietory refining methods to preserve the active ingredients in emu oil to deliver the powerful anti-inflammatory properties for arthritis, swelling and osteoarthritis.

Emu Tracks Bio-Active Emu Oil contains Vitamins A, D, E & F and is a rich source of Omega 3,6 & 9, which are essential fatty acids the body needs but do not produce on its own.

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