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Symptoms, Causes and the Top 10 Arthritis of the Spine Treatments

arthritis of the spineSpondylosis, also known as arthritis of the spine, is said to be a “normal” part of getting older — a result of a lifetime’s worth of wear-and-tear on your spine, leading to degeneration and, often, pain. As a result, half of adults aged 65 years and older report having been diagnosed with arthritis, and an estimated one in five U.S. adults suffer from some form of the disease.[i]

When arthritis impacts your spine, it can be debilitating, even leading to muscle weakness and related psychological problems like anxiety and depression. Some suffer pain so excruciating they are unable to get out of bed or perform daily activities. That said, there are many options for treating arthritis of the spine — options that help address the underlying cause of the disease to encourage your body’s natural healing potential.

Are There Other Causes of Spinal Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is also known as degenerative joint disease because it occurs when the cartilage protecting your bones wears down, leading to inflammation and pain. Bone spurs may also develop, which causes your bones to rub painfully together.

As mentioned, these degenerative changes are most common as you get older, but there are other potential causes as well, including:

  • Past injuries or surgeries
  • Calcium build-up in your bones
  • Hobbies or activities that stress joints repeatedly
  • Genetic defects related to cartilage

Body-wide imbalances in your stress levels, hormone levels and nutrition may also trigger or exacerbate joint degeneration. Even muscle imbalances, such as weak core muscles, can negatively impact your posture, leading to neck and back pain, and furthering degeneration.

Classic Signs of Arthritis of the Spine

If you have arthritis of the spine, you may have back pain that comes and goes, along with stiffness and pain in your joints. Often, spinal stiffness and pain are worst in the morning, such as when you first get out of bed, and may improve somewhat after gentle exercises or stretches.

For some, however, spinal arthritis can lead to pain that radiates down into your buttocks, thighs or pelvic area, or spreads to your shoulders or neck. Others may have weakness or numbness in their neck, arms or legs, along with a limited range of motion that makes it difficult to bend over or walk.

Some people even hear a crunching sound when their bones rub together, and others experience frequent urination associated with arthritis of the spine. In severe cases, the debilitating pain can lead to social and emotional problems, particularly if it hinders your ability to work or engage in daily activities.

Because the pain of spinal arthritis often varies in frequency and intensity, even within one individual, and can mimic other types of back problems, your physician will most likely use your medical history along with exercises designed to test your range of motion to aid in diagnosis. Sometimes x-rays or MRIs are also used.

What Can You do to Relieve Arthritis of the Spine?

Conventional treatments for arthritis of the spine include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as well as pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), codeine and morphine. Your doctor may also recommend you restrict movement of your neck and back with a cervical collar or other bracing, and in severe cases surgery is sometimes suggested.

The problem with these conventional treatment approaches is that they are geared toward eliminating symptoms, while the underlying degeneration continues to progress. Long-term use of NSAIDs and pain medications can also cause serious side effects, including gastrointestinal risks and heart and liver problems. To that end, if you are looking for symptom relief, there are natural, non-drug approaches that can help, including:

  • Hot or cold compresses
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Electrical nerve stimulation
  • Heal-n-Soothe, a natural anti-inflammatory cream that contains 12 of the most powerful and safest anti-pain ingredients
  • Yoga and relaxation therapy

Ultimately, however, you will want to address the underlying causes of the spinal degeneration so your body has a chance to heal and recover, or at the very least slow the process of degeneration.

For instance, exercise can help improve osteoarthritis by strengthening your muscles and joints, and improving flexibility and range of motion. A physical therapist or qualified personal trainer can help you develop a safe exercise plan tailored to your fitness level.

In order to achieve long-term results, you should expect to combine a number of treatment approaches to determine which work best for you as an individual. With the free LosetheBackPain.com newsletter, you’ll have access to a treasure trove of back pain tips and treatment options that you may not have heard about before. Among them:

  • Muscle Balance Therapy, which can help generate balance and stability in your pelvis and spine, and minimize excessive wear and tear of the disc and other joints of your spine
  • Far Infrared Heat, which is deep penetrating and longer lasting for pain relief and to increase joint range of motion

Unlike most treatments, which only offer temporary symptom relief, these options target the underlying causes of your pain, often leading to complete pain relief even among chronic back pain sufferers.

To learn more, join the hundreds of thousands of other readers of the FREE LosetheBackPain.com newsletter by entering your primary email on this page — and start your journey to becoming pain free today.

 


[i] U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arthritis-Related Statistics

 

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFTPain Relief Expert, Post Rehab Specialist.

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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Arthritis of the Spine

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Treatments for Spinal Arthritis

What is spinal arthritis?

Arthritis of the SpineArthritis of the spine can be a very painful and debilitating problem that often affects individuals 40 or older. If left untreated, it can lead to physiological problems such as muscle breakdown or weakness, as well as psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. Sometimes, a person with arthritis of the spine can suddenly suffer excruciating pain that will keep him or her bedridden and unable to perform normal daily activities.

What causes spinal arthritis?

In a word: imbalances. These imbalances can occur in your stress levels, hormone levels, and nutritional levels. Muscle imbalances can adversely affect posture, which can lead to neck and back pain. The causes may vary from one person to the next, but usually degeneration in the bones along with calcium build-up are factors. Sometimes past injuries or surgeries are to blame. Nerves become pinched or compacted, causing severe pain or numbness in the affected areas. Many who suffer from arthritis of the spine will also be affected by herniated discs and bone spurs.

What are the symptoms of spinal arthritis?

Classic symptoms include pain and numbness in the back, neck, head, and shoulders. Symptoms may be different for different people, and the frequency and intensity will also vary. Some areas may ache from time to time and be all right other times. Bending and other everyday movements may also cause pain. Numbness is the neck area is very common, although other areas, including the arms and legs, may also experience numbness. In some cases, frequent urination or the urgent need to urinate may occur.

How is spinal arthritis diagnosed?

You will need to go over your medical history with a doctor and undergo a physical exam. During the physical exam, you likely will be asked to do a few simple exercises so your doctor can see if your range of motion has been affected. These may include bending forward, side-to-side, or backwards. You also may be asked to lie down and raise your legs. Let your doctor if any of these movements causes pain. Because symptoms of arthritis of the spine are similar to other spinal conditions, it is important for your doctor to rule out other – possibly more serious – problems. To do this, you may need to undergo a variety of tests such as blood tests and x-rays.

What are the most common spinal arthritis treatments?

A common treatment is to restrict movement of the neck and back with a cervical collar or other bracing. If your condition does not improve after this kind of treatment, surgery may be an option. Commonly used drugs include acetaminophen (Tylenol), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and opiods such as codeine and morphine. Non-drug treatments include hot packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic exercises. Stimulating blood flow using massage or a hot tub may also help. Alternative treatments include yoga and relaxation therapy.

Why do traditional spinal arthritis treatments fail?

Most traditional treatments fail to provide long-term relief because they merely address the symptoms and fail to address the cause of the condition. Unless the cause is fully understood, trying to get rid of the problem becomes a guessing game. One thing is certain: No treatment has been found to be the “one thing that works for everyone.”

 

Which spinal arthritis treatments work best?

Because Arthritis of the spine is a degenerative process combining various treatment approaches is critical to achieving sustainable results…

  • Inversion Therapy can help with decompression and stress on the joints of the spine…
  • Muscle Balance Therapy can help generate balance and stability in the pelvis and spine and minimize excessive wear and tear of the disc and other joints of the spine.
  • Daily Trigger Point Therapy can help restore proper muscle function and address localized pain.
  • Healing Heat is far different then the heat you are used to, it is deep penetrating and longer lasting for relief of pain and increase in joint range of motion.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFTPain Relief Expert, Post Rehab Specialist.

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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