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Spinal Arthritis

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  • Posted By: Penelope713
  • August 1, 2011
  • 02:09 PM

Hi all. I recently found out that I have spinal arthritis. For this last year and a half, I've experienced moderate back pain. I wasn't too concerned because the pain wasn't ruining my life or anything dramatic like that.

A friend told me I should go in for a free consultation with a Seattle chiropractor and she found out that I have spinal arthritis. I was pretty stunned and *****d.

To my knowledge, not a person in my family has ever had arthritis. I guess I'm lucky that I don't have osteoarthritis. I know fevers go along with that disease. It just had to develop in one of the worst spots. On the spine? Really? That's such a lousy location because the spinal cord and all of the nerves that are back there (I guess those are everywhere-duh).

I've seen those commercials with the woman talking about arthritis and the pain in her hand. I thought about that after I was diagnosed and wished for it or even for what that golfer has.

Apparently, since it was noticed early in its development, I know what medications and back pain exercises that will help in delaying and relieving pain.

I'm just glad I went to that appointment that my friend recommended.

Anyone else have spinal arthritis?

-Penelope

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  • Hi Penelope - hopefully your spinal arthritis / spinal degeneration is improving. If not, i'd suggest seeing a physiotherapist for an opinion and appropriate treatment. Lower back stretches and lower back strengthening exercises as well as potential pilates exercises can all help to ensure an optimal outcome. Also be aware that many people who have no lower back pain and normal lower back function may have spinal degeneration / arthritis of varying degrees on x-ray / MRI scans etc., so this isn't always the cause of a patient's symptoms. Be wary of any practitioner who uses scare tactics to sign you up for ongoing / long term manual therapy. You may be interested in checking ou the above links for some detailed info. Best of luck :) 
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