Spine arthritis symptoms vary depending on the location of the spine affected as well as the lifestyle and general health of the individual. The most common symptoms of spinal arthritis are neck and back pain, tenderness or numbness of the neck, and swelling and stiffness of the joints. Other symptoms include a limited range of motion, difficulty bending, and a crunching feeling of bone rubbing against bone in the spine. These symptoms are often worse in the morning or after any extended period of inactivity.
Spinal arthritis can occur anywhere in the spine. The affected location of the spine usually determines the nature of the symptoms. Cervical spine arthritis occurs in the upper portion of the spine; its symptoms may include pain and numbness in the neck and arms and sometimes the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers. Lumbar spine arthritis affects the lower region of the spine, so it can cause weakness or numbness of the legs as well as pain in the lower back, buttocks and pelvic area.
Spinal arthritis can cause pain and limit the ability to work, travel, and enjoy leisure time. Numerous effective treatment options are available. Most patients benefit from conservative treatments like exercise, rest, medication, or chiropractic care. However, for those who experience severe spine arthritis symptoms or are non-responsive to traditional treatment methods, surgery may be the best option.
Laser Spine Institute (LSI) can treat spine arthritis symptoms in a minimally invasive manner, causing less damage to muscles and other tissues, as well as less scar tissue formation than traditional back surgery. Our procedures are highly effective and can be performed in an outpatient setting with less anesthesia required than open spinal surgery.
For more information on how LSI can help you get your life back, contact us today. We can complimentarily review your CT scan or MRI.