Arthritis is a condition that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It develops in the spine by the degeneration of the discs and facet joints. Over the time, as stress is put on the spine the discs and facet joints wear thin and sometimes even erodes completely, resulting in stiffness and pain. It occurs more frequently in older individuals, however, it can develop in younger individuals from overuse, stress, or after an injury. Osteoarthritis tends to get worse over time. At Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates in Santa Rosa, CA we specialize in diagnosing and treating osteoarthritis in the spine.
Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis
Symptoms develop slowly over time. The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Loss of flexibility
Sometimes bone spurs can develop from the friction created by the spine rubbing together.
This condition can usually be treated with:
- Anti-inflammatory Medication
- Physical Therapy