What is Osteoarthritis of Spine?
Causes of Osteoarthritis of Spine
-Conditions that affect the structure & function of cartilage
-Lack of physical activity
-Repeated/Overuse of specific joints
Signs & Symptoms of Osteoarthritis of Spine
Osteoarthritis begins gradually which causes pain/ache in spinal joints after any physical activity or exercises. This pain fades off over the time, but may return if the affected joint is overused.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis:
-Loss of flexibility
-Difficulty in getting out of bed (Stiffness)
-Feeling of friction (bone rubbing over other bone)
-Weakness/numbness in arms/legs
How Osteoarthritis is treated?
In many cases, treatment of Osteoarthritis is associated with relieving the symptoms of pain & having a healthy lifestyle.
Exercises are the best treatment for Osteoarthritis of spine. Exercises helps in stabilizing the spine, builds up the endurance and helps in increasing the flexibility. It is necessary to maintain a healthy weight.
Some of the exercise to treat Osteoarthritis are Swimming, Walking, Aerobic exercise, Water Aerobics & Yoga.
As a part of Physiotherapy, Osteoarthritis is also treated by use of modalities to relieve pain such as TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), IFT (Interferential Therapy), US (Ultrasound) or use of Hot or Cold fomentation.