Spinal arthritis causes inflammation and swelling of the joints in the spine which affects mobility in the spine.
- Pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility of the spine are the primary symptoms
- Back pain that comes and goes
- Joint stiffness is particularly noticeable in the mornings
- Depending on various factors, patients tend to experience more severe pain following periods of inactivity
- A crunching feeling in the spine
- Difficulty bending and/or spinal deformity or abnormal curvature
Warmth in the joints particularly during weather changes.
Some of the most common causes of spinal arthritis include:
- Most commonly caused by age-related degeneration
- Trauma and injury to the back
- Abnormality in cartilage because of genetic factors
- Obesity, which causes increased stress and compression of vertebrae
- Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition, causes inflammation and destruction of cartilage and joint surfaces
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