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Should I seek massage therapy for spinal arthritis?

Should I seek massage therapy for spinal arthritis?

Not recommended: Massage therapy is not going to significantly improve pain in spinal arthritis. It may provide temporary relief (minutes to hours) of the pain. ...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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My boyfriend has acute spinal arthritis and is worried about treatments, age, meds, etc. What are some things i can comfort him with?

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

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How do you deal with spinal arthritis?

How do you deal with spinal arthritis?

Spinal arthritis: The neurologist usually orders spine mris and EMG testing. Anti-inflammatories help; various radiculopathic and antispasmodic medicines may help, and even epidural injections may help. ...Read more

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How is spinal arthritis and anemia related?

How is spinal arthritis and anemia related?

Indirectly: Medications can cause anemia and there is also a phenomenon referred to as "anemia of chronic disease." look for bleeding. ...Read more

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Can spinal arthritis cause pain on side of leg and warm feeling insideleg?

Can spinal arthritis cause pain on side of leg and warm feeling insideleg?

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

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I have spinal arthritis and i want pain meds but my doctor is not giving them to me? Why not?

I have spinal arthritis and i want pain meds but my doctor is not giving them to me? Why not?

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 more

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What can one do to relieve spinal arthritis?

What can one do to relieve spinal arthritis?

Exercise: Studies have shown that a directed exercise program can improve spinal pain and prevent "flare ups". Other treatment options that can help facilitate pain improvement are medication, spinal injections, physical therapy, and in some cases chiropractic treatment. ...Read more

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Does spinal arthritis have to do with the structure of the spine?

Does spinal arthritis have to do with the structure of the spine?

Maybe: "spinal arthritis" is usually the result of a combination of things including age, genetics, lifestyle, body habitus, posture, and whether or not there is a history of trauma. ...Read more

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I have spinal arthritis and I am always achy, tired, stiff, lethargic. Are these all symptoms of arthritis or something else?

I have spinal arthritis and I am always achy, tired, stiff, lethargic. Are these all symptoms of arthritis or something else?

At your age...: You need to excluded spondylitis which affects the spine from sacroiliac joints to the cervical spine. If you have this drugs like Naproxen will help, but better drugs for inflammation exist.. ...Read more

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Could severe spinal arthritis cause constant leg numbness?

Could severe spinal arthritis cause constant leg numbness?

Spinal stenosis: The arthritis in the spine could be compressing the exiting nerve roots from the spinal cord causing numbness down the legs. If the back pain and symptoms down the leg(s) become too debilitating then surgery would be recommended. A spine surgeon consult would be advised. Obviously if bowel/bladder issues start then this surgery becomes urgent. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can severe spinal arthritis also cause constant leg numbness?

Can severe spinal arthritis also cause constant leg numbness?

Yes.: Nerve root impingement is the major cause. Piriformis syndrome can do this as well. If this continues, see a rheumatologist or orthopedist. I would get emgs done by a neurologist or physical medicine specialist, if you truly have radicular pain. ...Read more

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I had a 2 episodes of sudden incontinence when I stood up - no warning. I couldn't stop it. Have episodic ataxia, and severe spinal arthritis. ?

I had a 2 episodes  of sudden incontinence  when I stood up - no warning. I couldn't stop it.  Have episodic ataxia, and severe spinal arthritis. ?

Need more info: Having history of ataxia and severe spinal arthritis that seems to point to a neurological cause aggravated by the Lasix (furosemide). I think it might be wise to talk to a neurologist and have him/her check you out. ...Read more

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What are signs of spinal arthritis?

What are signs of spinal arthritis?

Several symptoms!: Back pain and stiffness. If your pain is worsened by being in one position of immobility, it is likely inflammation. If occurs following activity, degeneration. Inflammatory pain improves with modest activity. Nonethless, pain in the back, if chronic, needs investigation. Arthritis need not interfere with life activities. ...Read more

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Where can I find more information about spinal arthritis?

Where can I find more information about spinal arthritis?

Healthtap: You are in the right place. "spinal arthritis" is a broad term. It usually refers to degenerative changes that occur naturally in the intervertebral discs or joints of the spine. These changes can start as early as your teen years. Up to 80% of the population will experience pain related to these changes at some point in their life, but fortunately most will improve without major treatment. ...Read more

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Can I go have a full time career with children if I have spinal arthritis?

Yes: Spinal arthritis can be many types and just because you have spinal arthritis does not mean you can not have a career. It depends on the type you have, its imaging = x-rays, mri, ct etc as well as your examiantion. ...Read more

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My grandfather who's 73 just got diagnosed with spinal arthritis. What is that exactly?

My grandfather who's 73 just got diagnosed with spinal arthritis. What is that exactly?

Arthritis of the....: spine, which can be degenerative or inflammatory of both. There are treatment options for specific problems.Simple Aleve (naproxen) or Advil may help. If not, see a specialist! ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 26yo male to have spinal arthritis, and what are the long-term complications?

Is it possible for a 26yo male to have spinal arthritis, and what are the long-term complications?

Yes.: Most likely spondylitis, best managed by a rheumatology specialist. Scloliosis does not cause pain a 26 y/o. Degenerative disease unlikely. Spondyloarthropathy most likely. This is inflammatory. There are many extra-articular problems that can occur. Correct DX is essential. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my grandfather who's 73 just got diagnosed with spinal arthritis, can anyone tell me anything about it?

What do you suggest if my grandfather who's 73 just got diagnosed with spinal arthritis, can anyone tell me anything about it?

Facet Arthropathy: Facet arthropathy/arthritis. There are joints in the spine where the bones articulate and can develop bone spurs and cause the clicking with pain typically with extension. I would consider seeing a pain/spine specialist to see if facet injections or radio frequency ablation would be helpful for you. ...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