Spinal Arthritis

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Spinal Arthritis

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What is Spinal Arthritis?

Spinal arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the spine and joints, resulting in pain and stiffness. This condition can be caused by an injury or trauma, but it may also result from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

It can cause pain and stiffness in your lower back, neck, or legs—especially after standing for a long time or bending over. It may also cause numbness in your feet and legs.

Spinal arthritis often develops gradually over time as a result of wear and tear on your spinal joints. The condition can be worse if you have osteoarthritis in other parts of your body, such as your knees or hips.

What are the types of Spinal Arthritis?

Spinal Arthritis is a general term that refers to any condition that affects the spine, including degenerative changes and inflammation. The most common forms of spinal arthritis are spondyloarthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis and enteropathic arthtitis.

Spondyloarthritis

Spondyloarthritis is an umbrella term for a group of inflammatory conditions that affect the spine. There are several different types of spondyloarthritis, including ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Ankylosing spondylitis causes inflammation in the joints at the base of your spine (sacroiliac joints) which can lead to long-term pain and stiffness in your lower back.

Axial Spondyloarthritis

Axial spondyloarthritis is another type of inflammatory condition that affects the spine. It causes inflammation in the discs between your vertebrae and can lead to chronic back pain as well as other symptoms like stiffness or numbness in your legs.

Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes joint pain similar to rheumatoid arthritis but affects only certain joints like those found in your feet and hands rather than your entire body like rheumatoid.

Reactive Arthritis (RAR)

RAR is an inflammatory joint disease that can cause pain and swelling in the joints, including the spine. It’s caused by an infection elsewhere in the body, such as your genitals or urinary tract.

Enteropathic Arthritis (EA)

EA is a type of arthritis that occurs when you have an inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis.

Undifferentiated Spondyloarthritis (USD)

USD is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in your spine and other joints in the body, but it’s not clear why. This condition may be caused by an infection or autoimmune disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

RA is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in your joints, including those in your spine.

What are the symptoms of Spinal Arthritis?

Spinal Arthritis is a condition in which the cartilage around your spinal column is damaged, causing inflammation and pain.

The symptoms of Spinal Arthritis include:

  • A dull ache or sharp pain in the lower back that gets worse with activity or with time.
  • Stiffness in the lower back and neck area
  • Aches or pains that radiate from your lower back to your legs, buttocks, hips, or feet.

What are the causes of Spinal Arthritis?

The main cause of spinal arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is caused by normal wear and tear on your joints. It’s also called degenerative joint disease (DJD).

Other causes include:

Rheumatoid arthritis—a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect all joints in your body

Degenerative disk disease—a condition that occurs when the disks between your vertebrae break down and collapse inward, causing pain in your back, neck, shoulders or legs

Ankylosing spondylitis—an inflammatory disease that causes inflammation of the spine and surrounding tissues

Spondylolisthesis—a slippage of one vertebra over another due to degeneration at the affected level

What are the risk factors for Spinal Arthritis?

The risk factors for spinal arthritis include:

Age—Spinal arthritis most often affects people between the ages of 40 and 50, but it can happen at any age.

Gender—Men are more likely than women to develop spinal arthritis.

Activity level—being more physically active can protect you from developing spinal arthritis, especially if you’re young. But if you’re older and have been inactive for a long time, you may be at higher risk for developing symptoms of this condition.

How to prevent Spinal Arthritis?

There are several ways to prevent spinal arthritis, including:

  • Keeping your spine as straight as possible.
  • Avoiding activities that can injure your spine or cause it to wear down over time, such as heavy lifting and twisting.
  • Stretching your back muscles regularly to keep them strong and flexible.
  • Lose weight if you’re overweight

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What are the exercises for Spinal Arthritis?

If you have spinal arthritis, it’s important to keep your body moving as much as possible. However, it’s also important to avoid any exercise that causes pain or discomfort.

Here are some exercises that are safe for people with spinal arthritis:

Knee to Chest

This is one of the best exercises for spinal arthritis. It’s great for loosening up your back and helping you feel less stiff.

Lie down on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your right leg toward your chest and hold it there. Then bring it down, rest for a few seconds, and repeat with the left leg. Do this 15 to 20 times on each side.

Hamstring Stretch

The hamstring stretch is another great exercise that helps loosen up stiff backs. It also stretches out your hip flexors which can be tight in people with arthritis.

Stand facing a wall and place one hand on the wall at shoulder height while keeping both legs straight out in front of you at hip height. Keeping your toes pointed forward (not inward) bend at the waist until you feel a stretch in the back of your thigh (your hamstrings). Hold this position for 20 seconds then return to starting position without letting go of the wall. Repeat 10 times for each leg.

Clamshell Exercise

This exercise strengthens the glutes and is helpful for people who have back pain caused by spinal arthritis.

To do this exercise, lie on your side and bring your knees up toward your chest. Gently push down on your knees with your elbows until they’re about six inches from touching each other, then slowly release them back to the starting position. Do this 10 times on each side and work up to doing it 20 times on each side every day.

Gluteus Strengthening

This exercise strengthens the glutes and is helpful for people who have back pain caused by spinal arthritis.

To do this exercise, lie face-down on a mat with both arms outstretched above your head so they form an “L” shape with your body (your arms should be straight but not locked). Slowly lift one leg off the ground and bring it toward you until it’s parallel with the mat, then slowly lower it back down again (try not to bend at the waist!). Repeat this motion 10 times per leg before switching sides

What are the treatments for Spinal Arthritis?

Spinal arthritis can be treated in a variety of ways. The most common treatments are:

  • Medications to control pain and inflammation
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around your spine and restore flexibility
  • Surgery to fuse vertebrae together
  • Injections of steroids into painful joints

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What brace is used for Spinal Arthritis?

A corset brace is used for Spinal Arthritis.

A corset brace is a garment that wraps around the torso and applies pressure to the back, hips, and abdomen. It helps to relieve pain from spinal arthritis by improving posture and providing support to the spine.

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