WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE SPINE?..

BACK PAIN BLOG UK...

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that affects the back. It can occur anywhere along the spine. Usually, the low back and sometimes the neck is affected.

If the neck is affected then it is usually called cervical spondylosis. Spondylosis means ‘arthritis in the spine’ and cervical is the medical term for the neck.

In Osteoarthritis, the cartilage that pads the ends of the bones wears down. Spinal Osteoarthritis can occur in the facet joints which are the small joints located between and behind vertebras.

When you move, the bones rub together painfully. Bony growths (called spurs) form in the joints. These spurs can press on nerves, causing more pain. The discs between the vertebrae in the spine can also become thinner.

The last MRI of my spine showed that I had degenerative changes to my thoracic spine and disc osteophyte complex in my cervical spine which in…

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