Frisco Arthritis (Spine) and Bone Spur Pain
Even though arthritis can affect any part of the body, it commonly affects the spine. When you have spinal arthritis, the cartilage that is located in the joints between your vertebrae wears down because of injury, aging or misuse of the spine.
What we do about arthritis and bone spur repair:
One of the issues that can occur with arthritis of the spine is bone spurs. This can cause pain and impingement of the nerve. There are a variety of minimally invasive techniques that are available and we can enter in to the spinal area through incisions that are anywhere from 7 to 15 mm in length, a very small area. The bone spurs are going to be shaved off through one of those incisions and this will help to relieve some of the pain by freeing the nerve in the area. Since retractors are not used on this procedure, there is not going to be any muscle cutting involved so the recovery time is going to be minimal.
The definition of spinal arthritis
The spine can be affected by arthritis, just as any part of the body can be affected. Arthritis occurs when the cartilage that is between the joints wears down, either because of aging or because of injury or misuse of the body part. This leads to a condition known as osteoarthritis, which is the most commonly seen type of arthritis. It can lead to bone spurs, loss of cartilage and overgrowth of the bone. When the cartilage is missing, the bones tend to rub together and this can cause joint stiffness, pain and inflammation. Some of the most common areas of the body that are affected by arthritis include the knees, hands, hips and spine.
Some of the specific problems that occur when you have osteoarthritis in the spine include pain that is in the lower back and in the neck. Cervical arthritis, a condition which is also referred to as cervical spondylosis occurs in the neck and upper spine. Lumbar arthritis occurs in the pelvic area and lower spine. Another type of spinal arthritis is Ankylosing spondylitis.
Symptoms of Spinal Arthritis
* Periodic Pain in the Back
* Morning Stiffness of the Spine
* Tenderness, Pain and Numbness in the Area of the Neck
* Lower Back Pain with Radiating Pain into the Pelvic Area, thighs and Buttocks
* Tenderness and Pain in the Hips, Knees, Shoulders and Heels
* The Sound of Bone Rubbing against Bone or a Crunching Feeling
* Numbness/Weakness in the Arms and Legs
* Reduced Range of Motion and the Difficulty with Walking and Bending