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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)

A condition where there 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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What causes lowback tailbone pain with a cracking joint sound?

What causes lowback tailbone pain with a cracking joint sound?

Low back pain: Low back/tailbone pain can be caused by numerous conditions including disc degeneration, herniated discs, facet joint degeneration, si joint pathology, etc. The cracking sounds are generally benign, usually caused by the spinal joints themselves (like cracking your knuckles) or by inflammation around the spine. If your pain is severe or has been longstanding then you should see a physician. ...Read more

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Chronic SI and hip joint pain with popping/cracking. Normal XRay and MRI. (HO hip dysplasia as infant) Pain is getting worse. What can cause this?

Chronic SI and hip joint pain with popping/cracking. Normal XRay and MRI. (HO hip dysplasia as infant) Pain is getting worse. What can cause this?

Hip Pain: Hip and SI joint pain have a great deal of overlap. There are many things that can cause these symptoms, such as bone deformities, muscle and ligament injuries, as well as bursal abnormalities. If there is a history of developmental hip problems, further evaluation would be beneficial to make sure there is no lasting effects. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with "arthritis" but not type. Have spurs on lower spine + arthritis in both hip bones and knee pain w/o arth. Could be rheum.Arthritis?

Diagnosed with "arthritis" but not type. Have spurs on lower spine + arthritis in both hip bones and knee pain w/o arth. Could be rheum.Arthritis?

Get lab work done: Most common type of arthritis is Osteo-arthritis or "wear and tear" arthritis. Blood tests can indicate the possibility of rheumatoid arthritis. Any specific concerns, would recommend a consult with a rheumatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is degenerative sacroiliac changes with vacuum phenomenon in SI joints, spurs anteriorly and sclerosis, also have thoracic bone spurs and fusion?

What is degenerative sacroiliac changes with vacuum phenomenon in SI joints, spurs anteriorly and sclerosis, also have thoracic bone spurs and fusion?

?Spondyloarthrpathy: Sounds like markers for a spondyloarthropathy. Without further history and physical exam can not state which, but you need to see a Rheumatologist who knows and knows what further studies are warranted. ...Read more

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What does pain in finger joints mean?

What does pain in finger joints mean?

Joint pain: Pain in the joints of the fingers may be from overuse sprain or actual inflammatory arthritis. The latter may have associated tenderness and swelling. A rheumatologist or a hand surgeon are best qualified to evaluate chronic finger joint pain. ...Read more

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Why does degenerative joint disease cause knee pain?

Arthritis pain: Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is a descriptive phrase for arthritis. DJD involves wear and tear to the articular cartilage of the knee. This process can cause pain and inflammation, which can range from mild to severe, depending on the severity of the arthritis. For help with treatment of your djd, consult an orthopaedic surgeon. ...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 ?

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 degenerative arthritis in hands feel like?

What does degenerative arthritis in hands feel like?

Stiffness: Is the most common complaint. Pain is usually bimodal meaning worse in the am and then later in the day. Pain should improve in the am within 30 min or so as the hands and fingers are used. If the pain and stiffness lasts longer than 30-60 min then this can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis which is more severe and should be treated sooner than later. Discuss this with your pcp. ...Read more

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I have Rhematoid Arthritis. xray of my hands shows mild periarticular osteopenia and bilateral reduced proximal IP & MCP joints. What does that mean?

I have Rhematoid Arthritis. xray of my hands shows mild periarticular osteopenia and bilateral reduced proximal IP & MCP joints. What does that mean?

Typical X-ray. : These are typical changes from rheumatoid arthritis. The IP (?PIP) and MCP loss are signs that you are developing joint damage. If you have not been started on treatment you should see a rheumatologist. You should be on methotrexate or another disease modifying mecication to prevent further damage. ...Read more

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Does a bulging disc always come with facet arthropathy? I have l5-s1 bulging disc and my whole back is in pain..Is it possible from facet arthropathy?

No, two separate : Pain generators. However, you can certainly have both at the same time. Facet arthropathy and disc bulging will have different symptoms that can be determined by physical exam findings and have different treatment options. Facet pain will usually still be localized to levels or follow a referral pattern, not usually diffuse pain. You will need a physical exam. May be muscular as well. ...Read more

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Pain in both pinky joints. What does this mean?

Pain in both pinky joints. What does this mean?

Need more info: need more info? is there a swelling is it related to trauma is it related to overuse? a list of possibilities it can be inflammation or infection. so if you're overly concerned see your doctor. ...Read more

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Ii have excrutiating joint pain in my finger joints, and knee joints. Could this be from fibromyalgia?

Ii have excrutiating joint pain in my finger joints, and knee joints. Could this be from fibromyalgia?

Unlikely : Most commonly joint pain is related to some type of arthritis. Evaluation by a rheumatologist can help elucidate which type of arthritis is present. ...Read more

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MRI 2 years ago, showed DDD, Loss of cervical lordosis, Spurring, unconverbral and facet joint disease. Lately it feels like someone squeezing throat?

MRI 2 years ago, showed DDD, Loss of cervical lordosis, Spurring, unconverbral and facet joint disease. Lately it feels like someone squeezing throat?

Lookin in wrong spot: The features you've noted are around the spine. The sensation you note would be related to things in the front of the neck. Well in front of the spine. An enlarged thyroid might give pressure symptoms, for example. Suggest you consult with your doctor for a good neck exam. ...Read more

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Is degenerative disc disease in my back mean I have arthritis?

Is degenerative disc disease in my back mean I have arthritis?

Different: degenerative disc disease can occur in the absence of arthritis, but it can cause a focal arthritic process. Every situation is different. The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation, degenerative disc disease puts more stress on the joints of the spine and increases the likelihood of arthritis in those specific facet joints. ...Read more

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What does psoriatic arthritis in the neck feel like usually?

What does psoriatic arthritis in the neck feel like usually?

Achy: Achy pain with and without movement that produces stiffness in themorning and gradually improves overseveral hours. It is not visible on xray or normal lab tests but has been detected by mri, although that test is overused, most ofthe time. ...Read more

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