Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cervical Spine

Dr. Jose Mena, Interventional Spine Specialist with Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, says the joint between C1 and C2 can get displaced when people have rheumatoid arthritis, and the main concern is the spinal cord running behind it, so it can compress as well.

This disease could be dangerous, because all the nerves from C2 down can potentially be shut down, leaving the patient paralyzed.

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