Dr. Verma quoted by US News & World Report discussing Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cervical Myelopathy

"People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Are at Increased Risk of Joint Damage in the Neck"-

Dr. Kushagra Verma, a spine surgeon at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, puts the number even higher.

"Patients with RA have a 90 percent risk of cervical spondylosis, or advanced degenerative changes in the spine," Verma says. "In both RA and non-RA spines, cervical myelopathy develops as the spine ages. In RA, these changes occur more rapidly than in non-RA patients," says Verma, who is an assistant clinical professor of spine surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. "The disc degenerates over time, causing a loss of disc height. This leads to a loss of the normal cervical spine curvature, called kyphosis."

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