If that arthritis has been there long enough, you may get the symptom of pain. You may have morning stiffness, difficulty moving, even joint swelling.
The bottom line is: If there's arthritis in that body part, it will often be getting worse, and some symptoms may arise, that weren't necessarily there to start with! For example, one day there's no pain, no nothing. Then, because it has been slowly deteriorating, and getting worse, eventually the breakdown becomes enough that you have significant nerve pressure.
So the question becomes: "what can I do to slow or halt the arthritic process so pain or a worse symptom doesn't arise?" First, we need to optimize our spinal alignment. Starting with a neck support pillow is a great option. Next, regularly see your chiropractor. Spinal adjustments will keep your spine moving. Maintain good posture. Posture tips us off to what the spine looks like inside of us.
Ultimately, it's that spine we need in good, healthy alignment, because that will have a direct affect on the nerves. If you remember in the past we had talked phases of degeneration (in other words: phases of arthritis). Eventually spinal levels can fuse, we can bone spurs, we can get stenosis. Essentially this means more pressure on nerves. This may also mean loss of motion. When that range-of-motion decreases, this also leads to more nerve pressure.
Inflammation builds up and puts pressure on nerves. We can have a misaligned spine, a bulged disc, boney deformation, and now inflammation added to the mix; there's going to be pressure on a nerve or nerves.
So do what you can to prevent the progression of your arthritis.
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