Degenerative arthritis develops with wear and tear of the joints, also called osteoarthritis. This form of arthritis is the most common type of chronic pain condition, affecting millions of people as they grow older. Primary osteoarthritis forms slowly from joint use. Secondary osteoarthritis is triggered by an injury to a joint, causing faster deterioration. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but the progression can be slowed and symptoms managed. Our medical team at Hanowell Spine Clinic in Covington, GA, offers osteoarthritis treatment, specializing in osteoarthritis of the spine.
By the age of 60, most people have evidence of osteoarthritis that can be seen on x-rays. However, not everyone has symptoms. It is only when the cartilage in joints deteriorates enough to cause friction and inflammation that the joints swell, stiffen and become painful. An estimated 27 million Americans have symptomatic osteoarthritis that causes pain and limits mobility. A portion of these people will experience spinal osteoarthritis and need treatment.
Pain Relief for Spinal Osteoarthritis
All arthritis can cause joint pain. In spinal osteoarthritis, the small facet joints in the spine are inflamed, resulting in neck or back pain. Osteoarthritis treatment, including for the spine, revolves around reducing inflammation and protecting the cartilage from further deterioration. In the spine, this can include facet joint injections with steroid anti-inflammatory medication. Physical therapy and exercise may be recommended. Each patient is unique and may need a personalized osteoarthritis treatment plan to address their symptoms.
If you have osteoarthritis that is causing you chronic pain or limited mobility, come see our specialists at Hanowell Spine Clinic in Covington, GA. We have advanced osteoarthritis treatments to minimize your discomfort and help you maintain your mobility. We accept many forms of health insurance, including Medicare, at our clinics. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.