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Arthritis/Spondylosis


 

Arthritis/Spondylosis

This condition is a common cause of pain in the neck or low back area. It’s common to see degenerative changes (early arthritis) in the spine on x-rays by the time we are in our mid 30’s. Fortunately, the presence of spinal degenerative changes (called spondylosis or arthritis) does not necessarily equate to pain. Many individuals with moderate to severe spinal arthritis are actually pain free. While most episodes of neck and back pain resolve within days to weeks, sometimes an injury or overuse can exacerbate underlying spine arthritis and contribute to prolonged inflammation and pain.

Arthritis cervical and lumbar spine

Degenerative changes of the spine are frequent causes of pain in the neck or low back area. It’s common to see degenerative changes (early arthritis) in the spine on x-rays by the time adults are in their mid 30’s. Fortunately, the presence of spinal degenerative changes (aka spondylosis or arthritis) does not necessarily equate to pain. Many individuals with moderate to severe spinal arthritis are actually pain free. 

While most episodes of neck and back pain resolve within days to weeks, sometimes an injury or overuse can exacerbate underlying spine arthritis and contribute to prolonged inflammation and pain

Over time, degenerative arthritis of the spine can lead to narrowing of the spinal canal called spinal stenosis which more commonly affects individuals over 60. Progressing degenerative disc changes can also result in disc herniations

Individuals with spinal arthritis may experience intermittent back pain, pain with certain activities like those that require maintaining certain postures, pain with standing, pain with bending, and even pain with walking. Commonly back pain is relieved with sitting or lying down. If you are experiencing symptoms like these, it is important to seek care from a physician trained in evaluating musculoskeletal conditions of the spine like a sports medicine doctor. A sports medicine specialist can perform a careful history and physical exam and based on the diagnosis, help you determine the next steps to recover.

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