As we age, natural degeneration occurs in the spine. In many cases, this means the development of arthritis of the spine. Also commonly referred to as osteoarthritis, arthritis of the spine is essentially a degeneration of the cartilage of the discs and joints. This can cause patients to experience a number of associated conditions and symptoms.
What Causes Arthritis in the spine?
Osteoarthritis, or arthritis of the spine, is commonly caused by aging. However, certain injuries, congenital conditions, or other stress on the spine can cause arthritis to develop earlier in some cases. More than 90 percent of aging adults in the United States suffer from arthritis in some form or another.
Arthritis in the spine Symptoms
Suffering from arthritis of the spine often means suffering through a number of chronic associated symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms we see and treat regularly include:
- Radiating pain
- Weakness in hands or feet
- Localized pain
- Inability to sit or stand of long periods of time
The MISI Approach to treating Arthritis of the Spine
Though there is no definitive cure for arthritis of the spine, there are both conservative and surgical solutions used to alleviate the associated pain and symptoms. At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, it is our goal to assist our patients in obtaining the highest quality of life possible. Often that means recommending patients pursue a conservative approach to their spine care prior to undergoing any surgical procedure. Although effective for some, for some patients these conservative treatments only succeed in bringing temporary relief. For these cases, we are able to utilize state-of-the-art surgical solutions to assist patients who are suffering from arthritis and associated conditions and symptoms.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.