Osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent cause of chronic pain — some 32.5 million Americans live with stiff, swollen, and painful joints because of this degenerative disease.
Many patients associate osteoarthritis with their knees, hips, or hands, but the disease can develop in any joint in your body, including the joints between your vertebrae in your spine.
If you live with chronic back pain and stiffness and have concerns about arthritis, make an appointment with the Spine Specialists at OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio.
Our spine physicians provide comprehensive exams and testing to identify the cause of your pain.
They also provide personalized treatment plans to relieve your arthritis symptoms, restore your mobility, and help you get back to your regular activities.
What Is Osteoarthritis of the Spine?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.
It’s a degenerative condition that develops as the cartilage that lines, lubricates, and protects your joints wears away.
Without cartilage, the bones in your joints grind together, leading to irritation, inflammation, pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Osteoarthritis of the spine develops in the facet joints that connect your vertebrae.