Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis worldwide. It may be caused by wear and tear of the affected joint and tends to gradually worsen over time. Although everyone will experience degree wear and tear of the joints with age, it can be much worse in some people causing severe pain and stiffness. Risk factors for developing osteoarthritis in later life include significant injury or fracture of a joint, obesity, poor posture, sedentary lifestyle, overuse (e.g. in high-level athletes), genetic predisposition and birth defect. Symptoms of spinal osteoarthritis include aching pain, stiffness, swelling, creaking or cracking sensations and kyphoscoliosis or abnormal curvature of the spine.

In the spine, the areas worst affected are typically the neck and the back. Spinal osteoarthritis may be involved in cases of facet joint syndrome, slipped intervertebral disc, spondylolisthesis, sciatica and sacroiliitis. Its treatment in the spine, therefore, depends on how arthritis affects the spine in any given case.

Here at the London Interventional Clinic our consultant, Dr Stephen Humble, regularly treats patients with osteoarthritic pain in the spine successfully using a combination of anti-inflammatories, exercises and outpatient procedures. Get in touch with a member of our team who would be happy to discuss your requirements and the options for appointments available to you.

An excellent resource for all forms of arthritis is https://www.versusarthritis.org.

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