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Massage Therapy Spinal Arthritis
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
My boyfriend has acute spinal arthritis and is worried about treatments, age, meds, etc. What are some things i can comfort him with?
Don't worry: "spinal arthritis" or degenerative changes to the spine occur naturally in all of us. In fact, over 80% of the population will experience back or neck pain at some point in their life. Pain can occur as early as your teen years. Fortunately most cases of spinal pain improve without treatment, but if not there are many non-surgical options including therapy, medication, and injections. ...Read more
Yes : It could do this if the narrowing in the spine pinches the nerves. Your evaluation will help clarify whether there is any neurologic damage. ...Read more
Long term problems: You are very young to truly have spinal arthritis. Starting a young person on opioid pain pills has been shown to be problematic. People become tolerant to the effects ( more pills are needed) and you can develop what is called opioid induced hyperalgesia. This means the pain pills will cause your pain to actually increase over time. Alternative medications are available. See a specialist ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: It does not appreciably change the course of he disease. ...Read more