Everything You Should Know About Spinal Arthritis
Diseases make the largest challenge for doctors, physicians, researchers and patients because in many cases, there are always a number of strains or types of any given disease. For example, the newspapers are always telling us that "doctors are on the verge of curing cancer" but the reality is that cancer exists in many forms including lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer to name but a few.Â Each form of the disease has different symptoms and different cures are necessary.Â Arthritis is very similar in this regard in that there are over 100 known forms of the disease and each one show different symptoms and requires different cures.Â One of these diseases is spinal arthritis.
Spinal arthritis is also called spinal stenosis and involves the tapering of the backbone.Â Through this disease, stress is applied to the spinal cord as well as on the roots of nerves.Â Spinal arthritis includes three parts of the spine.Â Canals at the nerves' base that come from the spinal cord, gaps between bones in the spine through which nerves come out from the spine and extend to other parts of the body and the tube in the middle pillar of bones whereby the roots' base and the spinal cord continue through.Â Spinal arthritis can include a large region of the spine or a tine region of the spine.Â Symptoms of the disease are that the patient may experience aches and no sensation in their shoulders, legs or neck.
Sufferers of spinal arthritis are generally women and men over the age of 50.Â As always with arthritis, there are cases that affect younger people too as long as that person has experienced a spinal injury in the past.Â There are also a proportion of sufferers who are born with the condition.
One of the problems with treatment of spinal arthritis is that sufferers of all ages may not actually experience any symptoms.Â This is due to the tapering of the area within the spinal channel.Â Regardless, when stress is put onto this narrowing passage, it can affect the nerve roots or spinal cord - a clear sign of spinal arthritis.Â A sufferer may experience a lack of sensation, spasms, ages in legs and arms and a general weakness.Â In some cases, if the tapered region in the spine pushes down onto the nerve base, then sufferers of spinal arthritis could experience searing pain running down their legs.Â If this happens the sufferer should immediately begin fluid bending exercises, strengthening exercises, stretching exercises to the lower back and sitting in an upright position.
If a patient is not experiencing severe worsening of the nerves, then the following treatments could be prescribed:
Â· Exercise and physical therapy designed to increase stamina and continue the spine's motion along with increasing stomach strength and lower back muscles.Â
Â· Injections of corticosteroid into the remotest of membranes covering the nerve roots and spinal cord. This reduces swelling and treats sharp pains that can spread down a leg or to the hips.
Â· Anti-swelling drugs that contain no steroids, including ibuprofen or aspirin to lower swelling and reduce pain.
Â· Reduced activity which is decided based upon how involved the nerves are.
Â· Reduce pain with analgesics including Tylenol.
Â· Shots of Anesthetic which are also known as nerve blocks into nearby areas to the nerve that is affected.Â This can temporarily reduce pain.
In cases where such treatments are not effective, doctors have to consider surgery as an alternative.Â When surgery is required for spinal arthritis, it is the goal of the surgeon to release pressure from the spinal cord and to re-strengthen the spine's natural arrangement and strength.