Causes of spine deterioration (spondylarthrosis or osteoarthritis)

Centro de la columna Vertebral: January 17, 2019

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Causes of spine deterioration (spondylarthrosis or osteoarthritis)

The causes of spine deterioration are diverse and affect different components of it. See a specialist if you have chronic back pain or if you experience muscle weakness that prevents you from carrying out your daily activities.

What exactly deteriorates?

When we say that the spine "deteriorates" we can refer to several things; let's remember that the spine is made up of bones, yes, but also of nerve endings, the spine, as well as different muscles, joints and other tissues that give it support.

In that sense, when a symptom such as weakness occurs, it does not automatically mean that the spine has "worn out", since it may be another part of the body that interacts with it. In addition, the bones themselves have very little capacity to produce pain, but they can press on or move over other parts that do send out nerve signals. It is a degenerative disease of the articular cartilage that can affect the cervical and lumbar regions.

Causes of Spine Deterioration

Having clarified the above, some of the causes of spine deterioration include:

  • • Osteoporosis (a disease that decreases bone mass)
  • • Osteoarthritis (wear and tear of the articular cartilage, mainly affecting the cervical section)
  • • Herniated discs (can cause advanced nerve damage)
  • • Muscle problems or injuries (especially if they are not properly treated)

Diagnosis and treatment

Only a health care professional can make a proper diagnosis of these conditions that affect the spine/back. The clinical interview is essential to determine the nature and location of the pain, as well as to know the general state of health of the patient.

Imaging studies such as MRI, CT or X-ray may also be necessary.

Treatment may include conservative measures, such as the use of drugs, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. It may also involve the use of alternative pain management therapies (such as physical therapy and rehabilitation) and, in severe cases, surgery.

Visit the CCV for medical advice

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we are experts in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of spinal problems. Visit your nearest clinic to receive comprehensive care from health professionals specializing in back problems.

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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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