What Is Arthritis of the Spine?
Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from some type of osteoarthritis, which makes it one of the most common degenerative joint diseases. Osteoarthritis is a condition where the protective cartilage cushioning the top of your bone begins to wear down or degenerate.
Spinal osteoarthritis explains the breakdown of the cartilage in the discs and joints in your lower back and neck. Osteophytes or bone spurs can begin to develop in arthritic joints as a normal reaction to this increased friction between facet joints. These bone spurs and inflamed joints can both narrow the nerve root exits and the spinal canal, which leads to pain, swelling, and may significantly hamper your ability.
However, Hudson Valley Spine and Pain (HVPS) offer multiple treatments designed to help restore your quality of life and improve your long-term holistic health outlook. Continue reading to learn more about spinal osteoarthritis.
What Are the Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?
Spinal osteoarthritis can result in number of symptoms that affect your mobility and quality of life. Osteoarthritis of the spine commonly causes pain or stiffness in the back or neck. It can also result in numbness or weakness in the arms or legs — if it is severe enough to affect the spinal cord or spinal nerves. Yet, most patients report relief from back discomfort when lying down.
In addition to the physical pain and discomfort, many people suffering from spinal osteoarthritis experience emotional and social problems. Because this condition can hinder your ability to perform your job and daily activities, some patients feel helpless. However, the professionals at HVPS offer multiple treatments designed to restore your mobility and improve your quality of life.
What Causes Spinal Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis of the spine is a degenerative condition with a vast range of underlying risk factors and causes. While it’s irreversible and has contributing factors like genetics and age that are beyond your control, there are several lifestyle choices you can change to help improve your condition. However, spinal arthritis is typically caused by:
- The normal aging process — joint cartilage can start to deteriorate as early as 30, but can quickly accelerate after the age of 50.0
- Diseases such as diabetes, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and infections.
- Gender — postmenopausal women are more at risk.
- Genetics — a family history of joint conditions can increase your risk.
- Obesity — Additional weight places extra stress on joints, which can contribute to the deterioration of your cartilage.
Contact HVPS for Spinal Arthritis Relief
At HVPS, we offer a range of innovative treatments designed to help ease your discomfort caused by spinal arthritis. In addition, we’ll work to promote lifestyle changes that will help remedy underlying contributing factors. Our goal is to help improve your mobility, reduce your discomfort, and enhance your holistic long-term health.