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Does Cracking Sound In Spine With Pain Mean Osteo Arthritis
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
Does Mild degeneration of the spine mean there is arthritis present. I have been having back pains on and off for a few days?
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
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
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
My shoulders, elbows, wrist and ankles pop like sound when begining to lift weights. Can it mean arthritus?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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