It is estimated that most people over the age of forty have some level of spinal osteoarthritis. Many people may have no symptoms, especially in the early stages, while others can have debilitating pain in the neck, back and legs. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that affects the joints in the body, including the spinal joints. If you have chronic spinal pain or have been diagnosed with spinal osteoarthritis, our pain specialists at Medici Spine & Pain in Atlanta can help with pain management treatments.
Causes and Symptoms of Spinal Osteoarthritis
The spine consists of many separate facet joints that allow it to move, twist and bend. Years of movement can cause wear and tear on these joints. Aging and deterioration contribute to the onset of spinal osteoarthritis as do injuries to the vertebrae and spinal components. The cartilage on the spinal joints may become worn and bone spurs can develop. Some people with spinal osteoarthritis have the following symptoms:
- Back pain when bending, twisting or lifting
- Stiffness in the back or neck after sitting or lying in the same position
- Radiating pain from the neck into the shoulders or arms
- Radiating pain from the lower back to the buttocks or legs
Spinal osteoarthritis does not have a cure, but there are treatments that help slow the progression and relieve symptoms. Our team at Medici Spine & Pain will help identify specific areas of arthritis in the spine that are causing pain, stiffness and mobility issues. Each patient we treat receives a personalized plan to address their condition and symptoms. Treatments for patients with spinal osteoarthritis can include:
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory spinal injections
- Medication management
- PRP or stem cell injections
The right combination of treatments help manage pain and improve mobility for a better quality of life for patients with spinal osteoarthritis. Contact one of our clinics if you have back or neck pain from arthritis. Begin your journey to better health and wellness today.