Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: Neck Arthritis

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Here’s another blog from a Mississauga Chiropractor

Cervical DegenerativeJoint Disease (DJD) is the progressive loss of cartilage causing jointspace narrowing, subchondral sclerosis and osteophyte formation. This most commonly occurs at C5-C6 & C6-C7.



  • : Abnormal biomechanics, genetic predisposition, metabolic causes,occupational
  • : Childhood anatomic abnormalities, joint trauma or fracture, repetitiveaction or joint motion


  • Slowly developing dull achy neck pain
  • Chronic recurrent neck pain
  • Morning stiffness & pain
  • Decreased neck range of motion

Note: There isan extremely poor correlation between the degree of radiographic evidence ofdegeneration & the clinical presentation of the patient’s pain. Many patients will have moderate degenerativechanges visible on x-ray but experience no pain.

Common X-ray Findingsfor DJD of the Cervical Spine:

  • Signs are worst at C3-C4 levels
  • Decreased disc height & osteophyte formation
  • Relative sclerosis
  • Loss of cervical curve


  • Rest in a position that minimizes symptoms. Ice in acute cases
  • Heat – most patients respond extremely well toheat. Hot packs in the office or hotbaths/hot-tubs
  • Joint mobilizations or adjustments to thecervical spine. This will improve jointmobility and relieve some pain.
  • Traction of the neck will      unload the joints ofthe cervical spine
  • Active Release Technique;  relaxation massages, trigger point therapy
  • Electrotherapy modalities: IFC (interferential current), TENS, microcurrent, ultrasound
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Postural retraining & sleeping position evaluations


  • Fair to good for some symptomatic relief
  • There is no cure, but the primary focus of the treatment is to manage the symptoms and improve biomechanics


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