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Arthritis of the Spine

Have you started to feel more pain or discomfort in your neck or back?

During the aging process, our body begins to go through many natural changes. The production of important hormones begins to slow, and this can lead to reduced cartilage or cushioning within the body – leading to chronic pain and discomfort. Calcium deposits can also form from a loss of cartilage.

This is what we might call arthritis of the spine.

Learn more about this condition and the different types during a consultation with Craig C. Callewart, M.D., P.A. in Dallas, Addison, Forney, and Rockwall, TX.

dr. callewart showing spine model to patient

What Is Arthritis of the Spine?

Arthritis of the spine, also sometimes known as osteoarthritis, is a condition that most typically impacts the lower back and the neck.

Osteoarthritis of the spine may lead to stiffness in the back or neck, and pain can even be felt in the arms or legs. Even more than that, this can lead to bone spurs which then turn into calcium deposits that can cause pinched nerves.

young man in living room with back pain

What Causes Arthritis of The Spine?

There are a variety of causes and forms of arthritis, the most common name given to spinal arthritis is degenerative disc disease. This is where your discs break down over time.

Other causes of this kind of arthritis are:

  • Wear and Tear
  • Old Injury affecting the spine
  • Heavy lifting, very active lifestyles
  • Autoimmune conditions

What Are The Symptoms of Arthritis of The Spine?

The symptoms experienced by patients suffering from arthritis of the spine can vary, but typically they include the following:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Nerve root compression, bulging or herniated discs producing pain in shoulder or hip
  • Loss of flexibility, limited range of motion, or stiffness
  • Sensation of grinding, gravel sounds in the spine when moving

If you’re experiencing these symptoms then, it may be time to seek professional care. A consultation with our caring staff at any of our greater Dallas area locations can help you better understand your condition to provide a diagnosis. They can also help you explore all of your treatment options and figure out which is the best for you.

close up of senior man suffering from neck ache

What Are My Treatment Options For Arthritis of the Spine?

There are a variety of treatments available for this kind of ailment, and it’s essential to seek medical attention to determine the appropriate treatment plan for you. It could include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Decompression Surgery
  • Minimally invasive Fusion surgery

Frequently Asked Questions About Arthritis of the Spine

1. What does arthritis of the spine feel like?
The exact feeling will differ for everybody, but it can be characterized as back or neck pain, limited mobility, stiffness, and loss of flexibility.

2. Can arthritis of the spine be cured?
As of right now, it cannot be cured, but the pain and inflammation can be treated. There is medical evidence that certain vitamins can help to treat arthritis of the spine.

Are you in pain?

Most patients experiencing pain can be seen by Dr. Callewart or his physician assistant within 24 hours in Dallas, Forney, Rockwall and Addison, Texas.

Common Conditions We Treat

Arthritis of the Spine

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