Degeneration of the cervical spine
Cervical osteoarthritis may present as a stiff neck without notable associated pain. Many individuals have this disorder, without any complaints. If the symptoms become troublesome, an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI scan of the neck can determine the extent of the wear-and-tear. Several important anatomical structures to the head traverse through the cervical spine, so it is essential to properly monitor and to treat the changes caused by osteoarthritis.
Symptoms can be prolonged or may only occur more briefly under certain circumstances such as sleeping in an awkward posture or suddenly turning the head. Treatment for mild cases of cervical osteoarthritis may consist of exercises, a neck brace, or traction treatment.
Image 1:Degeneration of the cervical spine