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What Are Some Options For Someone Who Has Degenerative Arthritis In The Neck And Back
Mechanical tx: Arthritis in the neck and back is a mechanical problem and is to be treated mechanically. I favor physical therapy, massage, maybe even chiropractor manipulations if those areas are stable, osteopathic procedures. Medications may only mitigate symptoms, but confer no benefit as far as disease modification. Steroid injections may work for some. Tens unit/iontophoresis are other pt modalities. ...Read more
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
There are a lot: It depends on what symptoms are you experiencing in your neck and back. Conservative treatments like nsaids, acetaminophen, topical medications, physical therapy are examples. If you are experiencing pain that radiates to your extremities from your neck and back. Then a more aggressive approach is in order. Assuming you do not have surgical indications, interventional pain procedures could help. ...Read more
Many cause: Spine degeneration has many causes and most of which are really not well understood. Some people get degeneration earlier than others and no one really knows why. In actuality, if we live long enough everyone will eventually develop it. Genetics probably plays a role but we don't know which genes. How much you abuse your body over the years also likely adds to the wear and tear of the process. ...Read more
Leg symptoms: The degenerative process can allow the spinal canal to become narrow. This in turn could affect you legs. You could develop sciatic type symptoms. You could also develop symptoms where you only walk for a short distance and then have to rest up and lean forward. ...Read more
What are the long term effects I can expect from scoliosis and degenerative arthritis in my spine?
Back pain: Peopke with scoliosis have more acute and chronic back pain than the general population, regardless of treatment. Most people get some degree of degenerative spinal arthritis. It is often of no clinical consequence, though it can lead to symptomatic spinal stenosis in some cases. ...Read more
I have degenerative arthritis in back. Why does lower back hurt so much while walking a few blocks?
Varies: There are various reasons why walking can flare up your back if you have djd. One reason is that the discs between your vertebrae can flatten as you stand up against gravity and from the ground reaction forces. If that occurs then the joints become even more compressed and causes facet joint pain. Another reason could be due to poor mechanics at the feet and/or improper shoes. ...Read more
With degenerative arthritis in back why does the lower back hurt so much while walking a few blocks?
My mom is 84 years old with degenerative arthritis in her back. Her doctors say there is nothing they can do - is that true?
NOT TRUE!!: Be proactive, I use acupuncture, dry needling, gunn-ims, lots of strategically placed trigger points, intense physical therapy to help my young and old patients have a better quality of life and mobility. Get advice on discontinuing meds that cause aches, pains and stiffness, like statins and bone density meds. I’ve gotten patients out of wheelchairs in 2 months this this therapy. ...Read more
Sever very sever back pain I have degenerative arthritis and scoliosis early stages please help hurting really bad no man it's that I can take what do I do?
Seek help: See a rheumatologist, spine doctor or pain specialist and have the cause of the pain documented and treated. ...Read more
For last 3 days a section of the left side of my tongue is completely numb. I have degenerative bone disease & degenerative arthritis in neck, back &?
Fibro & adductor muscles pain. Degenerative arthritis spine. No cushion left l5. I do simple yoga; stretching, all I can manage. What could pain doc do?
I have a slight tingle in the left side of neck that pulsates w/ my heart beat. I was diagnosed a couple years back w/ early degenerative arthritis btw?
Btw?: Hello~ there is no clear question here, so I am not going to guess at one. Also, please refrain from using abbreviations. It could endanger your life because you may mean, "because of the weather" and I may think " it means : because of the Waldenstroms macroglobulinemia" please NEVER use abbreviations and please could you recraft this with a clear QUESTION asked thanks ...Read more
Degenerative arthritis in spine muscles in legs seem to hurt when, walking osteo a in knee, elbows hurt, is all this arthritis dad had rheumatoid?
Degenerative arthritis back, leg muscles ache, lower back pain. Elbows hurt to touch, knee bone on bone, re diabetic, what medwill help. On soma (carisoprodol)?
Rigidity, pain: Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis affects any joint in the body including the back, neck, shoulders, knees, ankles, hips, fingers. It causes chronic pain, and decrease in function of the affected areas usually symmetrical. When the cartilage between the two bones disappears then only replacement of the joint could relieve it. The last resort before surgery is to inject lubricants (hyalgan). ...Read more
Lots: There are many options for treatment. Medications like anti-inflammatory options like ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. Other options include synvisc/euflexxa injections to help lubricate the joint or even platelet/stem cell therapies as well. Generally these options are not covered by your insurance though. Check out Regenexx. Com. ...Read more
Flexed positions: Since extension of the spine results in the facet joints approximating causing pain. ...Read more
Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more
Yes: It is possible to have severe pain with DJD however you should have your primary care doc take a look immediately to make sure nothing else is going on. If it is in fact djd, various things can be done, such as treatment with medications, modalities and activity modification. ...Read more
Can slow progression: Asking how to reverse degenerative arthritis is like asking how to build up your car's worn brake pads. The only 'reversal' is the extreme of joint replacement. Short of that, your best bet is to slow the progression. Avoid excessive heavy 'mileage', lose weight to decrease joint load, and strengthen surrounding muscles and joint support structures. ...Read more
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