Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the spine (discarthrosis)

Centro de la columna Vertebral: November 08, 2018

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Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the spine (discarthrosis)

Learn about the symptoms of spinal osteoarthritis, also known as discarthrosis, as it mainly affects the intervertebral discs that cushion this part of the body. If you experience any discomfort in your back, such as pain, difficulty moving or numbness, visit a specialist.


This type of osteoarthritis mainly attacks the cervical and lumbar areas of the spine (neck and lower back area), since the ends of the spine are most prone to wear and tear from movement and body weight load.

It consists of the wear of the cartilage that covers and protects the intervertebral discs: this causes a decrease in the capacity of the spine to protect the nervous roots that pass through it; when pressing them causes pain and even loss of mobility. Sensitivity.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the spine

  • • Neck or lower back pain, which increases with movement.
  • • Stiffness, especially in the morning or after standing still for a while.
  • • Constant muscle contractions.
  • • Loss of flexibility, in advanced cases even loss of strength in arms and legs.


On the other hand, one of the most important symptoms to detect is cartilage wear and tear. Imaging studies (such as an MRI) are required to achieve this. Such studies allow the physician to determine the state of progress of the disease, as well as the best course of treatment to follow.

Comprehensive treatment

Treatment for osteoarthritis of the spine should be followed regularly, since there is no definitive cure for this disease. The goal is to diminish or eliminate pain and inflammation in patients and enable them to recover their mobility so they can have a normal life. This involves drug treatment, physical therapy and alternative therapies for pain eradication (such as TENS therapy).

Visit the CCV

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we have over 20 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of back diseases, such as osteoarthritis of the spine or discarthritis. Visit any of our clinics to receive the best treatment for you.

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"The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691".

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