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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)

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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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

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