Arthritis can affect any part of the body, even the spine. It occurs when the cartilage in the joints is worn down as a result of wear and tear, aging, injury or misuse.
Our Approach to Arthritis and Bone Spur Repair:
Like disc degeneration, arthritis also leads to bone spurs, which can cause nerve impingement and severe pain. Using the most minimally invasive techniques available, we enter through a tiny 7 or 15 mm incision to shave the bone spurs off freeing the nerve and dissipating pain without causing body trauma. And because we do not use expandable retractors, like many others who claim to do minimally invasive surgery, we avoid cutting muscle altogether, so you can get back to life as quickly as possible.
Arthritis can affect any part of the body, even the spine. It occurs when the cartilage in the joints is worn down as a result of wear and tear, aging, injury or misuse. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, also includes loss of cartilage, overgrowth of bone and the formation of bone spurs. This causes the bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing pain, swelling and loss of motion of the joint. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint but most often occurs in the hips, knees, hands or spine.
In the spine, osteoarthritis can cause stiffness and pain in the neck or in the lower back. Cervical arthritis (also called cervical spondylosis) affects the upper spine and neck. Lumbar or lumbosacral arthritis affects the lower back and pelvic area. Ankylosing spondylitis is another type of spinal arthritis.
- Back pain that comes and goes
- Spinal stiffness in the morning, such as after getting out of bed or after activity
- Pain, tenderness or numbness in the neck
- Lower back pain that runs down into the buttocks, thighs, or pelvic area
- Pain or tenderness in the shoulders, hips, knees or heels
- A crunching feeling or sound of bone rubbing on bone
- Weakness or numbness in legs or arms
- Limited range of motion, difficulty bending or walking