Spinal arthritis causes inflammation in the joints of the back (facet joints) or the sacroiliac joints between the spine and the pelvis. The two most common forms of spinal arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common of the two. It usually affects the lower back and develops through wear and tear. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the lining of the joints. While rheumatoid arthritis is more common in other joints, it can also affect the spine.
Symptoms of spinal arthritis vary from person to person, but they generally include back and neck pain, stiffness, and tenderness in the affected area. There are many ways to treat spinal arthritis, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and minimally-invasive treatment that focuses on managing pain and preventing further damage.
Symptoms of spinal arthritis differ from person to person. Common symptoms include:
- Back and neck pain
- Stiffness in the spine
- Swelling and tenderness over the affected vertebrae
- Pain and numbness in the arms or legs
Osteoarthritis is typically caused by wear and tear. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones gradually deteriorates with age. Rheumatoid arthritis of the spine is considered an inflammatory condition, meaning it is caused by the immune system attacking the healthy tissue surrounding the joints.
There are numerous treatment options for spinal arthritis. These include:
We understand that each patient’s pain is unique. Therefore, the treatment recommended to each patient will be personalized to fit their condition and lifestyle. Our multi-disciplinary team of physicians offers advanced interventional and minimally-invasive techniques to help treat chronic, complex pain. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your concerns and what treatment options might be right for you!