Symptoms and Treatment for Spinal Arthitis.
Back Arthritis is one of the most common causes of back pain that I see in my practice.
Arthritis in the back (and arthritis in general) is very normal and does not need to be associated with pain in many situations. After all, we are all predisposed to wear and tear which is what arthritis is in essence.
If you wear a pair of jeans for years they will eventually become worn and sometimes torn - this is similar to what happens in our spines with age, activity and time.
That much given however, if you are reading this you are probably suffering some discomfort or pain from this type of wear and tear. Treatment for arthritis in the spine is decided by the type and severity of your back arthritis as well as your overall health condition. In this section, we will examine the different types of spine arthritis and treatments for each.
There are 2 main types of arthritis:
The two most common areas arthritis affects are:
It is also worth mentioning Ankylosing spondylosis here - a chronic inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease. It mainly affects the joints of your spine and pelvis and as it progresses may result in a fusion within your spine.
The treatment for back arthritis is influenced by the type and severity of the arthritis as well as the condition and health of the individual affected. There are many options, so seek the best option for you by talking to a chartered physiotherapist as well as a rheumatologist. Avoid medication unless necessary is my advice.
You may also be interested in reading about arthritis of the neck as well as shoulder arthritis.
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