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
“While we were referred out after our first visit at ROSA to a pediatric spine specialist, I found the receptionist kind and friendly, the MA’s fast and efficient and the PA we saw was honest and forthcoming about the road ahead for our daughter. I’m in healthcare and so going into any facility I feel like I automatically hold a bias as far as standard of care goes and ROSA exceeded that expectation. I appreciated their time, evaluation and treatment as well as their expedited referral to our next specialist.” -Lori Marie Llopis