Osteoarthritis in the Lumbar Spine

Osteoarthritis in the Lumbar SpineSymptoms: Symptoms of Osteoarthritis (OA) include mild pain, morning stiffness and limitation to movement in the affected joints. The pain is usually cyclical—with painful periods followed by periods of relief. Generally, there is more discomfort at night or after extensive use of the affected joint. Rarely, complete loss of motion in certain areas occurs.

Overview: Your joints are essential to movement. Without joints, walking, running, typing, lifting would be impossible. Your joints rely on cartilage, a spongy tissue, to cushion the friction between connecting bones. Without cartilage, even the simplest motion would be painful.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint where the cartilage breaks down, making movement in the affected area difficult. Osteoarthritis usually occurs in weight-bearing joints, like the hips or the knees. However, no joint is immune from possible osteoarthritis which can even occur in several joints at the same time.

The exact causes of osteoarthritis are unknown, however, age, obesity, and systemic inflammation seem to contribute. As we age, our joints change which is why osteoarthritis is most prevalent among those who are middle-aged or older. Obesity also increases the risk as extra weight puts more stress on joints.

Though there is no cure currently for osteoarthritis, Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. can implement a management plan to prevent its progression, while promoting joint health and relieving pain to help improve the quality of your life. Each patient is unique, and management may include non-force chiropractic protocols, neurologic rehabilitation, exercise therapies, and nutritional therapies. It is apparent that there are many factors to be considered when successfully implementing treatment. Let Dr. Suzan help you find those that work best for you.

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