Spinal arthritis is one of the most common causes of back pain among patients over the age of 50. In this article, we are going to focus on spinal osteoarthritis – its causes, symptoms, and how it can be properly diagnosed and treated.
What is Spinal Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis of the spine is a condition in which the facet joints in the spine swell and inflame, causing pain and other issues. Here are some of the potential symptoms of spinal osteoarthritis:
- Back and/or neck pain (that often worsens in the morning)
- Stiffness or lack of mobility in the back
- Tingling or numbness in the neck or back
- Decreased range-of-motion, especially when bending or twisting
Spinal arthritis is most often caused by bodily wear-and-tear over time, which is why it is more common in elderly patients. However, it can impact patients of any age, especially if other factors (such as a spinal injury) are present.
How Physical Therapy Can Help
Unfortunately, there is no cure for spinal arthritis, but there are methods to reduce symptoms and slow its progression. Regular exercise is one of the most effective methods for treating the symptoms of spinal arthritis in the long-term. A physical therapist can help develop an exercise routine that will help deter the effects of arthritis in your situation. In severe cases (especially when spinal nerves are in danger), spine surgery may be required. Physical therapy is a commonplace prescription after such a procedure, and can significantly help boost recovery and pain control post-operatively.
Minneapolis Physical Therapy
The physical therapists at OrthRehab Specialists have been providing rehabilitation care for patients throughout the Twin Cities for the past twenty-five years. We offer direct access to physical therapy for Minnesota patients. That means you can set up an appointment with us today even without a prescription from your primary care doctor. In addition, we have standing relationships with over 600 providers throughout the state and elsewhere who routinely trust us with the continued care of their patients after surgery, injury, or the development of a painful condition. To make an appointment with one of our Minnesota physical therapy specialists, contact us today at our Minneapolis or Edina rehabilitation clinics.