Spine arthritis symptoms vary depending on the location of the spine that’s showing signs of arthritis, 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 limits to 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 conceivably occur anywhere in the spine but is most common in the neck and lower back. 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 main symptoms include pain and stiffness in the neck. In more advanced cases a patient may feel pain, numbness and muscle weakness in the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Lumbar spine arthritis affects the lower region of the spine, so it can cause lower back stiffness and aching, weakness or numbness of the legs, as well as shooting pains in the lower back, buttocks and pelvic area.
Spinal arthritis is problematic because it can limit the patient’s 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 not responsive to non-surgical treatment methods, surgery may be the best option.
Laser Spine Institute 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 open-back surgery. Our procedures are highly effective and can be performed in an outpatient setting.
For more information on how Laser Spine Institute can help you find relief from chronic neck and back pain, contact us today. We can complimentarily review your CT scan or MRI and tell you more about our minimally invasive treatment options.