Treatment for Spinal Osteoarthritis
One of the most common causes of back and neck pain is spinal osteoarthritis, also called spondylosis. Like all joints in the body, the spinal joints that connect the vertebrae can be impacted by arthritis. Spinal osteoarthritis is a result of wear and tear or injuries that impact the spine, resulting in deterioration and inflammation. Our neurosurgeon-spine specialists at DOCS Health offer treatment for spinal osteoarthritis for neck and back pain relief at our orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is very common in the spine. Between the 33 vertebrae in the spine, there are spinal joints that connect the bones. Stress on the spine from normal wear and tear or injuries can damage the spinal joints. In addition, excess weight, degenerative disc disease and other factors can impact the spinal joints. Studies have shown that the majority of people over 65 years of age have some level of spinal osteoarthritis – up to 89%.
Symptoms of Spondylosis
Spinal osteoarthritis, or spondylosis, is an inflammation in the spinal joints that can cause damage to the vertebrae. The result can be the formation of bone spurs as the body tries to repair the bone. This can create a narrowing in the spinal column or spinal stenosis. Spinal osteoarthritis can cause neck or back pain, but it is also a precursor for many common spine disorders like stenosis, myelopathy, radiculopathy and sciatica. Symptoms can include:
- Neck or back pain
- Neck or back stiffness
- Pinched nerves or radiculopathy – pain or tingling into limbs
- Sciatica symptoms – pain or tingling into the buttocks and legs
The symptoms of spondylosis are similar to many other spinal conditions. While there is not a cure for spinal osteoarthritis, there are effective treatments that can slow the progression of the disease and manage the symptoms.
If you have symptoms of spinal osteoarthritis or spondylosis, contact our team at DOCS Health. We offer advanced treatment of spinal osteoarthritis at our orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.