What Is the Prognosis for Osteoarthritis?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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I am looking for some information on cervical osteoarthritis. My father has been diagnosed with this and is unable to get any valuable information, please help! His disease is deteriorating very quickly.

Doctor's response

Osteoarthritis is a condition whereby cartilage softens and wears over time. When this affects the cervical spine in the neck, it is referred to as cervical osteoarthritis.

Cervical osteoarthritis can cause pain, stiffness, and limitation of motion of the neck. Occasionally, new bony growths, called spurs, and/or disc wear can directly irritate adjacent nerves. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling radiating to the arms.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018
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