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Hello! I have just come back from my doctor who has told me that I have cervical arthritis. He prescribed some non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs and recommended a special pillow I should rest with. I remember my mother had the same problems with her neck and I was wondering if cervical arthritis could be genetic condition. She also had problems with pain and neck stiffness and she also had terrible headaches.

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Hello! Cervical arthritis is one type of arthritis which is classified as rheumatic disease. Age, injury and poor posture play a role in who develops this disease. Many types of arthritis are similar especially in a tendency to affect the joints, muscles, ligaments and cartilage. Most common causes include injury but inheritance is also one of the possibilities but this is not certain. In a case of cervical arthritis injury is the most common cause.
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