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Can arthritis of the spine be cured?

Arthritis of the spine is a common age-related condition that cannot be reversed or cured. Due to degenerative changes that take place in your spine over time, your facet joints — particularly their smooth cartilage lining — can gradually break down and wear away. As a result, your vertebrae can begin to painfully grind against each other during movement.

While spinal arthritis cannot be completely avoided, many people find that they are able to live comfortably with the condition. In fact, arthritis of the spine treatment often involves learning and adopting healthy lifestyle habits that can be practiced over a lifetime.

Living with spinal arthritis

There are several active steps you can take to live more comfortably with spinal arthritis — and enhance your overall well-being at the same time. Some examples include:

  • Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine. Regular exercise can reduce the stress on your spine by strengthening the muscles that support it. For instance, walking is a simple, low-impact activity that can be very effective without unduly straining your spinal joints. When walking, always wear comfortable, supportive shoes and rest whenever you need to.
  • Practicing good posture. While you are seated, support your lower back with a pillow and keep your shoulders relaxed. If you must sit for an extended period of time, take frequent breaks to get up, stretch and walk around a bit. While you are walking, stand tall, keep your chin up and gaze straight ahead.
  • Achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. Because your spine must support a significant amount of your body’s weight, carrying even a few extra pounds can take a major toll on your spinal joints.
  • Quitting smoking. If you smoke, there are many good reasons to quit — and your spinal health is one more to add to the list. Tobacco use can elevate your risk of developing spinal problems and other health issues, some of which are potentially serious. If you need help, ask your physician to recommend a smoking cessation program.

Surgery for spinal arthritis

If arthritis of the spine is limiting your quality of life, contact USA Spine Care. Our team can provide a free MRI review* to help you determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient surgery, which is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open surgery for addressing spinal arthritis.^

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