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What is Lumbar Arthritis?
Researchers estimate that more than 50 million Americans have been diagnosed with some type of arthritis. Lumbar spine arthritis is not a condition in itself but a symptom of other kinds of arthritis that may affect the spine.
Some of the most common types of arthritis that lead to lumbar arthritis pain include:
The most common symptom of lumbar arthritis is chronic pain or soreness in the lower spinal bones. Other primary symptoms are waking up feeling stiff in the lower back area or having a burning sensation after physical exertion. Additional symptoms of lumber arthritis to watch for include muscle spasms, reduced range of motion, or creaking joints.
Most often, patients with lumbar arthritis have already been diagnosed with some type of arthritis. If that is not the case and you’re experiencing lumbar symptoms, see a qualified physician like NYC Spine Surgeon Dr. Fischer at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC for a physical examination. If arthritis is suspected, an X-ray will be performed to identify issues with bone density, cartilage loss, or bone spurs. X-rays are also used to track arthritis after diagnosis to watch for continued joint damage. A blood test will be used to help diagnose the specific type of arthritis. Sometimes patients are referred to specialists such as a rheumatologist who focuses on joint pain.
Dr. Fischer uses a number of treatment options for patients with lumbar arthritis pain. One or more of these methods may be part of your treatment plan:
Family history, gender and age all play a role in developing arthritis. Since you can’t control these factors, it’s important to concentrate on those you can such as maintaining a healthy weight, choosing low impact exercises, and following safe guidelines for lifting and moving. If you develop arthritis, there is no cure as it will continue throughout your life. Working with Dr. Fischer can help you lower your risks for flare-ups and help you remain free of lumbar arthritis pain.
If you live in the White Plains or New York City area, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fischer.