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Arthritis Of The Spine Treatment
Physical therapy(PT): Pt is an excellent first step. Try to finish pt and if you need it, consider procedures like epidural steroid injections or facet injections (depending on where your arthritis is) to help get you through the therapies. Make sure to keep working on core strength to support your back. Best of luck! ...Read more
Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
30 year-old woman with a 4-year history of numbness in the upper body, and arms and legs, with undiagnostic imaging studies, but carries diagnos.....?
Stress related?!: At age 30 with so many normal tests and diagnoses like fibromyalgia and trigeminal nauralgia (highly unusual for that age except in MS, ruled out by the normal MRIs) non organic and stress related problems come to mind Don't forget the symptoms are REAL in those cases too! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on cause.: Joint pains is so complex, that there is a specialty of internal medicine devoted to it: rheumatology. When i spent a year at johns hopkins hospitals during training, i didn't realize i would be studying well over a hundred diseases entities. Joint pains that go on for months, esp. When they are inflammed (hot, red, swollen, painful), then c ur pcp. Joint aches (arthralgia)--try an otc first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My sister has been diagnosed with Thyphoid & on treatment, earlier on development generalized weakness on her joints & now painful joints all limbs. ?
Specialist: Is she being treated by a specialist in infectious diseases? This may be a rheumatoid like reaction to the typhoid infection, but a specialist with experience in treating typhoid is best qualified to evaluate and advise her about these symptoms. A rheumatologist may also need to be consulted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
New diagnosis of lower spine arthritis. I am 62 .Any treatment available beyond palliatives and pain relief? Can it be cured?
Pain in the back: I have degenerative disk disease myself. I find that the over the counter preparation called: osteo-bi-flex really helps, but it takes a month or two to kick in. It contains glucosamine, chondroitin and something called msm. Be sure and discuss with your physician and good luck to you. ...Read more
I'm having more and more discs(lumbar) herniating, and worsening arthritis in the spine as well. Can barely walk. Best Dr. & treatment options please?
Orthopedic surgeon: An orthopedic surgeon is one of the several specialties that treat people with spine problems. That is not to say you need surgery, but they can discuss your condition and your treatment options with you. ...Read more
So many options: Visit a physician with non-surgical spine experience like a physiatrist or trained pain physician to develop a plan of care which should include starting with physical therapy, noninvasive things like tens units, and core strengthening. Then consider other options if those do not help, including medications (trying to avoid opioids) and interventional procedures. Its long term, but you can improve. ...Read more
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