The spine is susceptible to arthritis, mainly in the facet joints that allow the spine mobility. Spinal osteoarthritis is a leading cause of back pain, especially for adults over fifty. Due to wear, tear and degeneration, the facet joints in the spine can become inflamed and cause pain with movement. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer diagnosis and treatment for spinal osteoarthritis to improve mobility and limit discomfort from this condition.
The spine is constantly moving, with the facet joints allowing for bending and twisting. Osteoarthritis in the spine occurs from wear and tear from years of use, with the facet joints as the point of contention. The cartilage between the joints can wear thin, allowing the bones to rub against each other. The joints can become enlarged, or bone spurs can develop. A physical examination and imaging is needed to diagnose spinal osteoarthritis, which can be performed at one of our clinics.
What are the Symptoms of Spinal Osteoarthritis?
Pain or discomfort is common when patients with spinal osteoarthritis bend or twist. Pain, tingling or stiffness is also common after periods of inactivity, such as sitting or laying in the same position for a few hours. Spinal osteoarthritis can impact the neck or lower back regions. Pain may be felt in the neck and shoulder region, or in the lower back, hip or upper legs.
Treatment for spinal osteoarthritis at Allied Pain & Spine Institute is tailored to the individual. Depending on the acuteness of the pain and facet joint damage, our spinal physicians may recommend a few different treatment options. These can include chiropractic care, physiotherapy, medications, acupuncture and injection therapies.
If you have been diagnosed with spinal osteoarthritis or have any type of back/neck pain, contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today. We offer advanced treatment options for pain relief from spinal osteoarthritis and many other spinal issues.