Spine arthritis symptoms
Spine arthritis symptoms vary depending on the location of the spine that’s showing signs of arthritis, as well as your lifestyle and general health. 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 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 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 your ability to work, travel and enjoy leisure time. Fortunately, numerous effective treatment options are available for you to try and regain your quality of life. Most patients benefit from conservative treatments like exercise, rest, medication or chiropractic care. Consult your physician and together develop a personalized treatment plan. However, if you already experience severe spine arthritis symptoms or are not responsive to nonsurgical treatment methods, surgery might be the best option.
Due to advancements in spine surgery, an invasive, traditional open spine surgery is no longer the sole surgical option to treat spine arthritis. At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and effective^ alternative to traditional open spine surgery and offers many benefits. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, with many of our patients up and walking the same day as their surgery. For more information on how Laser Spine Institute can help you find relief from chronic neck and back pain, contact us today to speak to one of our Spine Care Consultants.