What is Spinal Arthritis?
Spinal arthritis is a joint disease that affects the structures of the spine. It can occur anywhere along the spinal column but most commonly develops in the lower back and neck. Spinal arthritis involves changes to the bones, discs, cartilage, and joints of the spine. These abnormalities are generally caused by normal wear-and-tear that comes with advanced age but can also be caused by an infection or other medical conditions, an injury, or years of habitual movement that damages the spine. Regardless of the location and the cause, the symptoms can be debilitating and severe. If you are experiencing chronic pain or discomfort that comes and goes that cannot be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication, then it may be time to see a specialist. At Tricity Pain Associates in Texas, our compassionate team of experts can properly diagnose your condition and offer noninvasive treatments that can significantly decrease your discomfort. We boast locations all over the state of Texas to provide convenient, modern pain management care.
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Symptoms of Spinal Arthritis
Typical symptoms of arthritis of the neck and back include:
- Mild to severe pain in the neck and back
- Swelling or stiffness in these areas
- A decreased range of motion
- The feeling of grinding when moving the spine
- Numbness in the arms or legs
These issues will be different for everyone, which is why Tricity Pain Associates creates custom treatment plans for every patient.
Causes of Spinal Arthritis
Spinal arthritis is most prevalent in patients over the age of 40 as it is commonly the result of advanced age. Other risk factors may include genetics, obesity, diabetes, psoriasis, and other conditions that can cause inflammation of the joints. As we get older, the discs and cartilage that surround the vertebrae in the neck and spine begin to break down. This causes a variety of issues, such as stiffness in the neck and back, which makes normal, daily activities difficult to perform. Deterioration of the discs and cartilage may also cause the bones to rub together, which can result in excruciating pain. Spinal arthritis can even lead to other issues, such as compression (spinal stenosis) and pinched nerves.
Treatments for Arthritis
There are actually over 100 types of spinal arthritis, but the most common forms include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and spondyloarthritis. When considering the most appropriate treatment form for your condition, our team will consider the type of arthritis you have, your age, level of pain, and medical history. Although the damage caused by spinal arthritis is irreversible, our team can suggest a variety of treatments that can help manage your pain. Popular therapies include anti-inflammatory and corticosteroid pills or injections, exercises to improve back muscle strength, and lifestyle changes. In some cases, surgical treatment may be suggested.
Alleviate neck and back pain
Don't put off seeing a specialist any longer. Call Tricity Pain Associates in Texas to schedule a private consultation to discuss your neck and back pain. Our team utilizes modern, minimally invasive techniques that can greatly improve your spinal arthritis. Reach out to one of our Texas locations today so we can help you get the innovative medical care you deserve.