Osteoarthritis of the Spine
OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE SPINE
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common ailment, affecting more than 3 million Americans every year. Osteoarthritis of the spine can be very painful, but with proper treatment, the pain can be manageable. At The Colorado Spine Institute in Johnstown, we can provide the diagnosis that will help you understand your spinal OA as well as the treatment to help you live a full, healthy life. If you have noticed severe pain in your lower back or have sensed an increase in pain when the weather changes, please schedule an appointment with us right away.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, occurs when the flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down and begins causing pain in joints and vertebrae as the bone ends rub together. The erosion of cartilage can occur with age, but other factors such as obesity or congenital abnormalities can also cause OA. Our doctors will help you understand your OA and recommend the best treatments to relieve your chronic pain and stiffness.
Spinal OA must be approached with extreme care when it comes to treatment, but physical therapy, weight loss, and some medications can help. We will help you decide which treatments will be most beneficial for you, keeping in mind your age and physical condition. We never want to put more stress on your spine or make you feel overwhelmed with the amount of treatment you could undergo.
If you are struggling with back pain, contact us today. Our friendly and knowledgeable team of spinal specialists can help you understand OA, how it affects you, and how to best treat it.