Spinal arthritis is a common condition that affects almost everyone at some point. If you are struggling with the pain and limited mobility that can come with arthritis of the spine, the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia can help with customized pain treatments for men and women in Brunswick and Kingsland.
What is Spinal Arthritis?
Also known as spinal osteoarthritis, arthritis of the spine happens when the discs and cartilage in the spine break down. Spinal arthritis typically affects the neck and lower back and it may cause the growth of bone spurs in the spine that put pressure on nerves and eventually cause narrowing of the spinal canal, or spinal stenosis.
This condition begins with low-grade inflammation of the soft tissue around the spinal joints, which are made up of tissue called articular cartilage. This cartilage allows the bones to slide over each other smoothly. The cartilage is surrounded by synovium, a capsule of soft tissue that contains joint fluid to lubricate the cartilage. It’s in these capsules that inflammation begins. Eventually, the surface of the joints develops pits and deteriorates. Eroding cartilage of the spine causes the bones to form spurs.
What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that mostly affects the spine and typically affects the sacroiliac joints close to the pelvis and hip joints. Inflammation is behind much of the pain of this condition, which eventually causes bony joint fusion when joints grow together.
What Causes Spinal Arthritis?
Arthritis of the spine is usually caused by osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative condition associated with the wear and tear of normal aging. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to completely prevent osteoarthritis of the spine, as the cartilage will slowly wear down over time. While damage can’t be reversed, there are many ways to manage the condition and improve pain.
How is Spinal Arthritis Treated in Brunswick, GA?
At the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we offer several treatment options to treat spinal arthritis pain and help you improve your quality of life. The following are the primary treatment options for spinal osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
- Stem Cell Therapy
- Stem cell treatments are designed to help damaged tissue self-renew with the help of adult stem cells harvested from your hip. This minimally invasive procedure may help with pain relief and reversing some damage of spinal arthritis.
- PRP Therapy
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses your own blood to concentrate the blood’s healing properties at the site of damaged cartilage and soft tissue. PRP therapy shows promise in treating osteoarthritis as it may slow damage, improve joint function, reduce pain, and even help reverse some damage to joints.
- Spinal Stenosis Surgery
- We offer several treatment options for spinal stenosis to remove bone spurs caused by spinal arthritis and relieve pressure on nerves.
- Facet Injections
- This pain injection targets the facet joints located on the back of the spine on either side where adjacent vertebrae meet. Facet injections may offer pain relief of arthritis in the facet joints.
- Steroid Injections
Spinal arthritis can damage your quality of life, making it difficult to perform daily tasks and leaving you with chronic and severe pain. At the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we offer comprehensive and effective treatment plans to target your pain and deliver long-lasting relief. Schedule a consultation to learn more about spinal arthritis treatments in Brunswick and Kingsland.