Spinal arthritis resources

Arthritis of the spine, also called osteoarthritis of the spine, is a degenerative spine condition that impacts the joints and discs in the spine. Arthritis of the spine is often found in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back) because those are the two areas of the spine that get the most wear and tear over the years.

While mild versions of arthritis of the spine are often not accompanied by pain or symptoms, this condition can sometimes become evident if the arthritis causes another spine condition, such as spondylolisthesis. If you are experiencing pain in your neck or lower back that gradually worsens as the day continues, you should schedule an appointment with your physician to determine the cause of your pain. If you know you have spinal arthritis, the pain in your back could be an indication that your condition is either progressing or that your arthritis has caused the development of another spine condition.

When arthritis is present in the spine, it breaks down the joints and discs that cushion and give mobility to the vertebrae of the spine. As the joints and discs gradually deteriorate, the vertebrae can slip out of placement, resulting in spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis.

As you research more about arthritis of the spine, we encourage you to reach out to us with your questions or concerns. Our goal is to help you find answers so you can make the best decision for your treatment plan. Please review our collection of articles about arthritis of the spine to help you learn more about this degenerative spine condition.

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