When rheumatoid arthritis affects the neck joints, particularly those located at the top of the spine, spinal cord complications can occur.
Neck pain along with weakness, numbness, or tingling of hands, feet, legs, or arms is the most common symptom of possible pressure on the spinal cord. Although compression of the spinal cord is fairly rare, if untreated it can lead to paralysis.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics|
|Last Revised||August 2, 2010|
Last Revised: August 2, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
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