The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for Arthritis. They aim at identifying the underlying cause of the condition and formulate treatment plan accordingly.

Spinal Arthritis

Spinal Arthritis is a common condition affecting the facet joints between the vertebrae. As ae increase, the cartilage that lines the joint begins to wear out, causing the bones to rub against each other. This, in turn, leads to inflammation and the development of bone spurs. Arthritis can occur anywhere in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. People who are aged or have chronic anatomical deformities are more susceptible to the condition. The most common type of Arthritis affecting the spine is Osteoarthritis.

Causes Of Spinal Arthritis

  • Injury or trauma to the spine
  • Excessive weight
  • Genetic cartilage defect
  • Age related joint degeneration
  • Repetitive strain on the spine
  • Poor postural habits
  • Sports related injuries
  • Viral or bacterial infections

Symptoms Of Spinal Arthritis

  • Pain in the neck or back
  • Stiffness
  • Tingling and numbness in the legs or arms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of sensation
  • Localized tenderness
  • Inability to bend or twist
  • Loss of flexibility
  • A crunching  or grinding feeling
  • Spinal deformity
  • Pain increases after long periods of rest or physical activity

Diagnosis Of Spinal Arthritis

The spine specialist will inquire about the patient’s medical history and physically examine for pain or tenderness. The patient may also be asked to do certain movements to assess range of motion and any specific position that aggravates pain. Diagnostic tests that may be recommended includinf X-ray, CT scan, MRI, blood test and bone scan.  

Treatment For Spinal Arthritis

  • Lifestyle changes: The patient may be suggested to exercise daily, maintain a healthy weight and keep a check on posture to relieve the symptoms of Spinal Arthritis.
  • Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Rest: The doctor may recommend taking sufficient rest and refraining from activities that put pressure on the spine.
  • Physical Therapy: It helps to improve flexibility and range of motion as well as strengthen the joints of the spine.
  • Surgery: Surgical intervention for Spinal Arthritis is usually recommended if the patient is experiencing pain and lack of mobility even after completing a prescribed course of conservative treatment.  

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Spinal Arthritis, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.