Overview

Spinal arthritis is a common inflammatory disease that affects joints, tissues, and a number of connective tissues. A rubbery and soft articular cartilage acts as a cushion between the bones that make up the spine and facilitate smooth movement. Spinal arthritis occurs when this cartilage starts wearing away affecting one’s ability to stand, walk, stretch and twist.
The disorder is more common in older people. However, young people who are obese, have a genetic history or have a previous joint injury can also suffer from Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most widespread form of arthritis. Other types include Gout, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Psoriatic arthritis (PsA), etc.

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    Symptoms of Spinal Arthritis

    Depending on the type of Arthritis, a patient may develop the following symptoms:

    • Stiffness
    • Severe pain in joints
    • Swelling
    • Redness
    • Tenderness
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    Diagnosis

    Diagnosing Arthritis can be complex because there are more than a hundred types of this disease. To make an accurate diagnosis, a doctor may need to check your current symptoms and medical history. Depending on the complexity of the situation, a doctor may order some tests such as:

    • Physical Examination
    • X-Ray Scan
    • Imaging test (MRI or ultrasound)
    • CT Scan
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    Treatment

    Some common options for Spinal Arthritis Treatment include anti-inflammatory medication, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive aids, etc. If the joints are too damaged and no standard treatment option works, your doctor may recommend Surgery for Arthritis. Surgical options may include:

    • Arthroscopy
    • Joint resurfacing
    • Osteotomy
    • Synovectomy
    • Arthrodesis
    • Fusion

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    At Southern California Brain & Spine Surgery, Dr. Moksha Ranasinghe – a renowned Neurosurgeon in Los Angeles, performs comprehensive diagnostic tests, reviews symptoms, and discusses the best surgical and non-surgical treatment options with her patients.

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    Advanced diagnostic methods

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What are the causes of Arthritis?
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    There can be various causes of arthritis including degenerative arthritis due to an injury, genetic inheritance, inflammation in joints due to Lyme disease, and viral/bacterial infections.

    What happens if Arthritis is left untreated?
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    Arthritis is a chronic health condition. If left untreated, it can cause irreparable damage to body joints and organs, resulting in severe pain, loss of function, and disability in the affected areas of the body.