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The Key to Overcoming Spinal Arthritis Pain

Do you suffer from chronic back or neck pain? You may be suffering from arthritis of the spine, a condition that often arises as the result of normal wear and tear.

Spinal arthritis is most often seen in adults over 50, but it can occur at a much younger age from injury or overuse.

The CDC reports that arthritis affects an estimated 52.5 million U.S. adults, including many with other multiple chronic conditions. It is a leading cause of disability in the United States, but our board-certified pain management physicians offer a variety of highly effective treatments that can provide significant long-term pain relief from arthritis and enable people to live healthy, vibrant lives again.

What Causes Spinal Arthritis Pain?

Arthritis of the spine develops in the small joints located between each vertebra called facet joints. As we age, the cartilage lining the joint surface can shrink and wear thin causing bone spurs and enlargement of the joint, which often leads to the inflammation and pain of arthritis.

Arthritis can occur anywhere in the spine from the neck to the lower back. Arthritis pain is often worse in the morning, when the weather changes, after over-exertion or even after long periods of sitting. Bone rubbing on bone, abnormal curvature of the spine, loss of flexibility and difficulty bending or walking may also occur. However, because these symptoms are not unique to arthritis, it’s important to identify the correct source of pain to successfully treat your problem.

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