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Signs of Arthritis in the Spine

By Sara Butler

Sometimes it seems like no matter what you do, your back just hurts. In times such as these, it's from to get to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic for an evaluation. They can dig a little deeper to identify the root cause of your pain. But what if it's something beyond poor shoe choices or a workout that went a little too far? It could be something such as arthritis and, in that case, here are a few of the signs that may be able to help you and your chiropractor identify it.

Waking Up With Pain

If the first thing you notice after you open your eyes in the morning is that your back hurts, then it might be due to arthritis. Inflammation is what causes pain when suffering from arthritis in the joints of the spine and that can inflame the nerves around the spine as well, resulting in pain.

One of the characteristics of arthritis is that its pain that tends to get better as the day goes on, but then when you sit down to relax in the evening may get a little worse. If this happens to you, make sure to communicate it to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

It's Not Just Your Back

If you have arthritis in the joints of your spine, then the pain can spread to other parts of your body too. This is likely the result of compression or pinching of the nerves of your spine which can cause numbness, tingling, burning, pain, and weakness in your legs, arms, or buttocks. If this happens to you, then it may be a sign of arthritis that has begun to impact other structures and it must be addressed.

Your Back is Stiff

Another sign of arthritis of the spine is if it feels stiff when you wake up in the morning. Most of the time, this stiffness starts to get better the more you move around, but the pain may return toward the end of the day. The stiffness and pain may travel to other parts of your body such as your shoulder and neck, so make sure to have it checked by a chiropractor!

The Pain Comes and Goes

Some people will see a chiropractor for sudden pain while others may not see a chiropractor until they've been experiencing pain for months or longer. The general rule is that if you're experiencing pain for more than six weeks, even if it comes and goes, then it's time to get to the chiropractor.

Don't suffer from arthritis without doing something about it. Talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic to get started on a treatment plan to help.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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