Symptoms of neck osteoarthritis include neck pain and stiffness; arm or shoulder pain; and headaches originating in the neck, states WebMD. A grinding sensation or noise when the neck is turned and an inability to bend the neck or turn the head are also common symptoms.
Many patients with neck osteoarthritis, also known as cervical osteoarthritis or cervical spondylosis, do not develop noticeable symptoms, according to Healthline. When they occur, these symptoms range from mild to severe and can manifest gradually or appear suddenly. Muscle weakness, which includes difficulty in gripping items or lifting the arms, is another common symptom. Some symptoms that develop less frequently include a loss of bowel or bladder control and a loss of balance.
Symptoms of neck osteoarthritis usually improve with rest, explains WebMD. When symptoms occur, they tend to be most apparent in the morning and flare up again at the end of the day. If neck osteoarthritis puts pressure on the spinal cord, it can result in an ailment called cervical myelopathy.
Pinching of the spinal cord or nerve roots can also lead to a tingling or numbness in a person's hands, arms, feet or legs, notes Mayo Clinic. A patient can also experience difficulty walking and a lack of coordination.