Arthritis is a common degenerative joint disease. This condition reveals the wearing down of the protective cartilage that cushions the tops of the bones. This results in pain and swelling in that area. This condition may further lead to osteophytes or bone spurs.
What Is Arthritis of the Spine?
Spinal Arthritis is a breakdown of the joints and discs cartilage. This usually takes place in the neck and lower back.
In some cases, spurs get produced that put pressure on nerves escaping the spinal column. As a result, Weakness and pain in the legs and arms are observed.
Who Develops Spinal Arthritis?
Generally, spinal arthritis happens as people age. Younger people usually get it from a number of other reasons.
- An injury or trauma to a joint
- A cartilage defect related to genetics
Spinal Arthritis is more common in men usually younger than the age of 45. It is more common among women once they cross the age of 45. Spinal Arthritis attacks more frequent to people who are obese. It is also common in people with jobs that put repetitive stress on some certain joints.
How to Indicate Spinal Arthritis?
The first most indicator of arthritis of the spine may be stiffness in the back. That may extend to weakness or numbness in the legs or arms which is severe enough to affect spinal nerves or the spinal cord. Discomfort in the lumbar usually gets relieved when a person lies down. This interferes with peoples’ everyday activities. It varies by bothering some people a little. While severely disabling others.
Along with the physical factors that affect a patient the emotional and social problems also follow up. For instance, any person experiencing spinal arthritis that’s hindering daily job performance will feel depressed and hopeless.
How Spinal Arthritis gets diagnosed?
One of the most convenient ways to diagnose the arthritis is by X-ray. A medical history will be required in this case by the doctor. A thorough physical exam will then be performed to see if the person has pain, any tenderness, and loss of motion surrounding the lower back. If there are any positive signs of any nerve involvement (weakness, reflex changes, loss of sensation), the doctor may then prescribe some tests to aid in the diagnosis of spinal arthritis. These tests are:
- X-rays to look for any significant bone damage. Bone spurs and loss of cartilage or disc are also to be examined. But X-rays usually fail to show any early damage to cartilage.
- Blood tests
- MRI that will reveal possible damage to discs or narrowing of areas of the spinal nerves.
What Treatment Options to Consider?
Mostly the treatment of the arthritis is generally about relieving the pain and increasing a person’s physical abilities to function. The ultimate goal is to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Initial stages of treatment maybe prone towards losing weight as per needed. This will accompany an exercise regimen. Managing the weight exercise also helps with:
- Increase in flexibility
- Boost attitude and mood
- Strengthens the heart
- Improves the flow of blood
- Ease everyday tasks
Some exercises that will help reduce the symptoms of arthritis include swimming, walking, and water aerobics.
Exercise may be listed down into the following categories:
- Strengthening exercises – These exercises are geared towards making the muscles stronger that supports the joints. This includes making use of weights or rubber bands.
- Aerobic exercises – These exercises are best for strengthening the heart by ensuring a stronger circulatory system.
- Range-of-motion exercises – These exercises make the body more flexible.
Rest periods in the treatment stages is necessary. However, bed rest, splints, bracing or traction that extends for long periods of time should be left alone.
There are some non-drug treatment Options for Spinal arthritis including:
- A Massage
- Heat or cold compresses treatment, which refers to placing ice or heated compresses onto the affected areas (check with your doctor about most suited option for you)
- TENS is a small device that emits electrical pulses onto the affected area this device is known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- An aid of nutritional supplements
Your doctor can also recommend some prescription drugs in this case. There are no medications that can reverse the process. These prescriptions include a variety of painkillers, mild narcotics, and corticosteroids injections. Some injections around the spinal column known as epidural steroid injections can also be used.
Backrack™ Spinal Decompression Device
Another effective hassle free treatment option at the convenience of your own house is the patented Backrack™ technology. Backrack™ is a spinal decompression device that is designed scientifically to help and eliminate the symptoms of Spinal arthritis.
Through simple exercises, Backrack™ decompresses your spine and treat all back problems safely, at your own place, and without any supervision. Try the most flexible way of treating arthritis without breaking the bank.
Backrack™ has a unique concept and application in back care and its benefits include:
- Pain relief and less stiffness
- Increased flexibility and more overall Mobility
- Complete relief from muscular pain and tension
- Free from all side effects