Arthritis can occur in any joint, including those located in the spine. Arthritis affects close to 50 million people in the U.S., especially those above the age of 55. Spinal arthritis, which is usually osteoarthritis, can cause pain, stiffness and reduced mobility in those that suffer from this disease. If you or a loved one had spinal osteoarthritis, our spinal experts at Atlanta Spine may be able to help reduce the symptoms of this disease with our treatment options.
Although there are no cures for arthritis, there are treatments that can minimize the symptoms and slow the progression. Spinal arthritis is a degenerative disease and is often accompanied by other issues, such as degenerative disc disease (DDD) and cone spurs. As the cartilage between the vertebrae in the spine wears down, higher amounts of friction can cause bone spurs to form and increase inflammation. Treatments include physical therapy options, medications, injections and surgery, all geared toward reducing inflammation and pressure on the spinal nerves and soft tissues.
What are the Symptoms and Causes of Spinal Arthritis?
Arthritis is caused by continuous degeneration of the spinal joints. These sliding joints have cartilage and fluid between them to help them move smoothly. Over time the cartilage thins and becomes rough, causing friction. All forms of arthritis have some level of pain as they progress. The inflammation caused by the friction can cause mild to severe pain. As the arthritis becomes more pronounced, those with this disease may lose flexibility and mobility.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with spinal arthritis or you have symptoms of this disease, contact ustoday for a consultation at Atlanta Spine. Dr. Bhatti can treat your spinal arthritis and any accompanying issues such as bone spurs and DDD, helping relieve the pain and improve your quality of life. Call us today.