Signs You May Be Suffering From Spine Arthritis

If you have been experiencing spine pain or stiffness, you may be suffering from arthritis of the spine. Also known as osteoarthritis, spine arthritis can cause both physiological and psychological problems when left untreated. For this reason, if you suspect you may be living with arthritis of the spine, contact a spine expert, such as Dr. Timothy Keenen of Pacific Spine Specialists, today for evaluation.

What is Spine Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of the spine. It commonly causes inflammation, swelling, and stiffness in the facet joints of the spine. Facet joints are important because they allow the vertebrae of the spine to move freely. Therefore, spine arthritis has been known to limit mobility in the spine.

Signs You May Be Suffering From Spine Arthritis

If you are experiencing pain or stiffness in the lower back that is worst upon waking, tends to ease with activity, then worsens toward the end of the day, you may be suffering from arthritis of the spine. Pain that presents in this manner is generally caused by fluid that has built up in the joint due to inactivity overnight. However, any of the symptoms below may be an indication that you have arthritis of the spine:

  • Stiffness of the spine, specifically in the morning or after performing physical activity
  • Pain in the spine and back that comes and goes
  • Abnormal curvature of the spine or a spinal deformity
  • Lower back pain that radiates into the thighs, buttocks, or pelvic region
  • Lower back weakness or numbness
  • Neck pain,tenderness, or numbness
  • Pain or tenderness in other body parts, such as hips, knees, heels, or shoulders
  • Pain or tenderness at the joint in the spine
  • With movement, the sound of bone rubbing on bone can be heard (or a crunching feeling felt)
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty bending or walking
  • Swelling and/or warmth in surrounding joints
  • An aching pain in a surrounding joint

Spine arthritis can present itself different in everyone, so in order to confirm your suspicions, it is important to visit a spine specialist for diagnosis.

Contact Pacific Spine Specialists for Spine Pain

Dr. Timonthy Keenen of Pacific Spine Specialists in an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis of the spine. Dr. Keenen is an advocate for noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments and prefers to treat arthritis of the spine without surgical intervention when possible. To learn more about Dr. Keenen’s treatment methods, or to schedule an appointment with Pacific Spine Specialists, contact us today.