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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Kaye, Community Member, asks

Q: I had 3 disc fused C4-C6, the surgeon told me my neck was full of arthritis and bone spurs, can I develop arthritis again in the neck?

I have severe osteoarthritis in my hands,,=I've always been a computer operator forover 30 yrs,I've hand both rotator cuffs operated on, the Drs also told me they were full of arthritis and bone spurs, now both big toes are swelling upwards not side ways, very painful. Please help. I was rear ended years ago, could that cause arthritis in my neck?
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4/12/11 9:10pm

With so many possible contributing factors, it is hard to say for sure why exactly you are having arthritic problems in many different joints. A history of trauma like a vehicle accident can definately be a contributing factor. Poor ergonomics in the work place can lead to arthritis in the neck and shoulders. High-heeled shoes can lead to severe arthritis in the feet and toes. Poor nutrition, genetics, and poor health in general can all contribute to joint deterioration.

 

My advice to start working on the things you can change like work place ergonomics, shoe wear, diet, and overall health. See a doctor to rule-out other factors that are changeable or manageable. And just keep swimming because that is all anyone can do as time marches on.

 

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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By Kaye, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/12/11, First Published: 03/29/11