How does osteoarthritis affect the neck?

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In the neck, osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage, or the protective slippery cushion of tissue that lines your joints, becomes damaged and unable to do its job. Over time, the joint cartilage breaks down to the point of bone-on-bone contact every time you move your head. This can be very painful and can cause inflammation. Over time, it can lead to disability.
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Affects of Osteoarthritis on the Body

Affects of Osteoarthritis on the Body

The most common complications of osteoarthritis (OA) are joint pain and stiffness, which can interfere with daily activities. Osteoarthritis can affect almost any joint, but is most typical in the joints that bear weight over the ...

years, such as the knees, hips and lower back. In most cases, OA develops slowly over time, but it can worsen rapidly in severe cases. Because it may make it hard to move around and exercise, OA can also lead to weight gain.

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