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Does cracking sound in spine with pain mean osteo arthritis?

Does cracking sound in spine with pain mean osteo arthritis?

Not necessarily: Grinding can be caused by the facet joints, discs, tight muscles or ligaments. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

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


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Does degenerative changes in spine always means arthritis? Or can people who ve no arthritis also ve degenerative changes in spine ?

Does degenerative changes in spine always means arthritis? Or can people who ve no arthritis also ve degenerative changes in spine ?

Sortof: Degenerative changes are a radiographic terminology that means your spine shows "wear and tear". Like taking your used car to the mechanic and him telling you your tires show thinning tread or your engine shows wear. Can indicate arthritic change but not always indicative of source of pain so requires clinical correlation. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I am hearing a clicking sound while stretching my back/spine?

What does it mean if I am hearing a clicking sound while stretching my back/spine?

Is there pain or no: Pain? There are some different things that this can be, but as long as there is not pain, that's a good thing! it could still suggest arthritis. The clicking sound you hear is either your facets rubbing against each other or any one of the multiple ligamentous structures clicking over protrusions, which again is something that suggests arthritis. At 50, everyone will have some level of arthritis. ...Read more

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Hi doc, lately i feel that my back sounds like cracking when i raise my leg or arm, is there any possibility that I have spine problem?

Hi doc, lately i  feel that my back sounds like cracking when i raise my leg or arm, is there any possibility that I have spine problem?

This is not likely: It may be the way you are built or that your musculature is just tight. Cracking noise or sensation can be from several origins ranging frim the small joints of your back "popping" like the cracking of your knuckles to tight soft tissue structures giving the same sensation when stretched or moving over one another or another musculoskeletal structure. It is not a pathologic or bad thing. ...Read more

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I have knee arthritus(but i can bend knee to fullest extent but grinding sound) eveven playball. Does it mean replacement in future?

NO , you are : Fully functional , your arthritis is not crippling you , you don't need joint replacement , there are specific indications including failed medical management to replace a joint. See your family doctor and get your arthritis treated with medications , and weight management if needed. ...Read more

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What can I do to alleviate the arthritis in my lower spine?

What can I do to alleviate the arthritis in my lower spine?

Degeneration: Strictly speaking, arthritis refers to pain/inflammation in joints. In reference to the spine, most doctors are simply referring to degeneration, or aging changes, when applying a diagnosis of arthritis. In general terms, treatment options include physical therapy, increased activity, regular exercise, weight loss, improved diet. Beyond that, medications and injections are also options. ...Read more

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What type of exercises can be done for arthritis in the spine?

What type of exercises can be done for arthritis in the spine?

Nonimpact: Non-impact exercises are generally the best type of exercises to do for arthritic pain. Swimming or aquatic therapy seems to be the most helpful as it improves strength while simultaneously unloading the joints. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more