Common causes of spinal arthritis
Osteoarthritis: Persistent damage from OA in the facet joints causes those joints to wear away over time.
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA): In some cases, bony overgrowth can cause the vertebrae to combine, causing pain and stiffness.
Spondyloarthritis: This type of arthritis primarily involves the spine and sacroiliac joints and often affects people across the age category.
Enteropathic arthritis: This condition affects people with inflammatory bowel diseases.
Rheumatoid arthritis: Also known as RA, is a disease where healthy tissues are broken down by your own body’s immune system and can affect various joints.
Osteoporosis: A condition that causes bones to lose mass and become brittle. Even the smallest traumas can lead to injuries.
Common symptoms of spinal arthritis
- Pain as a result of movement and inactivity
- Pain while bending sideways or backwards
- Pain felt from the centre of the low back and may expand to the pelvic area
- Muscle spasms, joint creaking, and stiffness
When to consult a doctor for spinal arthritis?
- Pain, swelling, or stiffness in one or more joints
- Joints that are red or warm to the touch
- Joint tenderness or stiffness
- Difficulty moving a joint or doing daily activities
- Joint symptoms that cause you concern