Your spine is one of the most vital parts of your body, anchoring how your entire frame moves and feels. Spinal arthritis occurs when the cartilage of the joints and discs throughout the spine, from the neck to lower back, break down.
The degenerative joint disease and the resulting spinal arthritis pain and swelling may cause painful bone spurs that put pressure on spinal column nerves. This leads to pain and weakness affecting legs or arms, making spinal arthritis a very serious form of chronic pain that can negatively impact quality of life.
Immediate spinal arthritis treatment helps alleviate the current and future damage spinal arthritis can cause. Treatment for spinal arthritis from pain specialists at the hospital setting of the Heilman Center is the best available.
Patients receive spinal arthritis pain treatment that meets unique and individual needs from top industry professionals, so pain is controlled and managed effectively.
Call 734-796-7555 today to schedule a consultation with a spinal arthritis pain specialist.
Common Spinal Arthritis Pain Symptoms
It is vital to pay attention to possible symptoms of spinal arthritis so they can be identified and treated as early as possible to prevent further damage. Spinal arthritis pain treatment may be ideal if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Pain, Stiffness, and Tenderness
Unpleasant feelings throughout the back and up to the neck may be caused by spinal arthritis. While lying down sometimes alleviates discomfort, pain, stiffness, and tenderness may be constantly present.
- Loss of Motion in the Neck or Lower Back
Treatment for spinal arthritis may be recommended if it is difficult to move the neck from side to side or up and down. Limited mobility in the lower back, where bending down to pick something up or reach from side to side is difficult, is also an indicator.
- Numbness and Loss of Sensation in the Neck or Lower Back
A lack of feeling in the neck or lower back may be an indicator of joint or nerve damage caused by spinal arthritis. The numbness or sensation loss may occur at random times, after strenuous activity, or on a constant basis.
- Reflex Changes
If there have been changes in reflexes, ranging from the ability to respond to stimuli or a delay in reaction, spinal arthritis may be the cause.
Causes of Spinal Arthritis Pain
Spinal arthritis can affect people at any age, and causes are varied. Spinal arthritis pain that persists can have a negative impact on daily life. Seeking spinal arthritis treatment helps patients gain the independence they may have felt they lost.
Unfortunately, as we age, spinal structures weaken and suffer more wear and tear. Spinal arthritis pain is most common in those ages 50 and older because of the stress that has been put on the spine throughout a lifetime, including poor posture.
- Injury or Trauma
Experiencing a spinal injury can cause cartilage of joints and discs to weaken and start to break down. Trauma experienced from previous surgeries can also be a factor.
A genetic defect or genetic history of spinal arthritis or joint defects contributes to a higher risk of spinal arthritis pain.
Lifestyle factors such as being overweight or working in a job or playing a sport that puts constant stress on spinal joints may make you at higher risk for spinal arthritis.
Our Spinal Arthritis Pain Treatment Options
At the Heilman Center for Pain and Spine Care, we delve into patients’ medical history, what treatments they’ve tried in the past, and what has been unsuccessful to tailor a personalized treatment program and recommendations. You’re not just a number at Heilman Center. We work diligently to help you get on the path to reclaiming control of your health and happiness. Our treatments are designed with the latest cutting-edge technology and may include one or a combination of techniques to help you feel better than ever.
The physical therapy team at Heilman Center will guide you through treatments that help you become stronger and more limber, while alleviating pain. Ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), alternative treatments such as acupuncture, and other chronic pain treatments may be explored.
There are a variety of effective medications available to those who suffer from spinal arthritis. If you’ve tried some in the past but haven’t found relief, our pain specialists will alert you to other options based on an extensive medical evaluation.
Interventional pain management includes the latest advances in spinal arthritis pain treatment. Highly experienced pain specialists offer pain-relief injections and spinal cord stimulation, among other pain treatment options.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Surgery is usually not necessary to treat spinal arthritis and will only be recommended in the most severe cases. Our team performs expert neurosurgical procedures to relieve the most extreme symptoms.
Set Up an Appointment With a Pain Specialist
If you’re ready to gain control of your pain and start enjoying life, give us a call today at 734-796-7555 to set up an appointment with a spinal arthritis pain specialist. Don’t wait another moment to stop your pain today. We’re here to help.