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Spinal Arthritis, Old Age is Not the Only Cause

Jul 10, 2008
For a lot of older people that are suffering from spinal arthritis feel very debilitated. Most of the people suffering from this disease are older, but there are some younger persons that are already have been struck by a mild form of spinal arthritis. This type of arthritis has a lot of symptoms and most of them are pain related. Most of the time these start out in a mild form but will progress with the years.

When you are diagnosed with spinal arthritis it is no reason to be alarmed then it is not a life threatening or dangerous disease. The biggest problem would be that in time the mobility of the person that hears this diagnosis will become more and more difficult and painful. This being the fact with the years the painkillers will need to be stronger and stronger.

What are the causes

There are not many kinds of this type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and arthritis of the facet joints. The causes that are the most common for this type of spine disease is a succumbing to wear and tear, that is age related, of the spine cartilages, normal aging and injury to the bone. This last cause can then go on to cause bone burs which can be very painful.

The spine cartilages are caused to wear down and this results in a friction of these cartilages, but also pain, swelling loss of motion and inflammation. When the spinal arthritis is due to osteoporosis, it will be, for the most part, focused on the neck an lower back region. This kind will come as we become of age and often starts with some pain in the spine and lower back. As the cartilages become more and more degenerated there will start to be an increase of friction between them. The morning and the evening are the times of day that the pain will be the most.

Old age is the biggest cause of arthritis in the spin but a poor diet is another. Most people focus to much on their organs when it comes to their diet and thus overlook the health of bone and cartilage in general.

Some of the symptoms

Pain, joint stiffness, swelling, feeling as if your bones are rubbing together, a feeling of numbness, deforming of the spine and a reduced agility are some of the symptoms you will see with this form of arthritis in the spine and are very similar to what other forms of this disease would show.

There are still people who think that cold weather would aggravate spinal arthritis but there is not much data on this so it is difficult to call this a fact or myth. If you really want to reduce this disease you need to drink a lot of skimmed or non fat milk. Another thing to do is to use calcium supplements but beware because sometimes these can have an undesired effect. Ask your doctor what these are and if you should take them or not.
About the Author
Jonathan Mitchell knows from personal experience what it means to wake up with pain. Telling the world about arthritis and the things you can't and can do with it is the reason his blog exists at http://www.myrigidbody.com
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