Cervical arthrosis, or cervicarthrosis, is caused when there is wear and tear of the cartilage in an associated joint. This occurs in the spinal column of the neck, known as the cervical spine. There is an imbalance of cells being created, and cells being worn down and damaged. This causes pain in a joint due to friction. It is not uncommon to see lumbar and cervical arthrosis in the same person, regardless of race and sex. Lumbar arthrosis tends to precede cervical artrhosis.
- Factors that affect cervical arthrosis include: physical factors, heredity, age, and obesity.
- Cervical arthrosis is common in those who work with their head bent forward, such as looking at a keyboard.
- CT scanning is the most accurate way of detecting cervical arthrosis and its overall severity.
- Hips, knees, shoulders, and ankles are also affected by arthrosis.