Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"What Kind of Arthritis Do I Have?"
When degeneration is found in the spine or other joints, we often simply are told it’s arthritis. When we are a little more stiff in the morning, we call that arthritis. When we have back pain from years of wear and tear on our body, we refer to it as arthritis.
To many, a surprise is that this may be true, but we can get much more specific; there are many types of “arthritis.” Based on our examination, patient history, and radiological findings we can determine which type of arthritis an individual with joint pain may have.
There are three basic type: degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and metabolic arthritis. Degenerative arthritis is often called DJD (Degenerative Joint Disease) or Osteoarthritis. Patient's with DJD often present with joint stiffness with reduced range of motion particularly in the morning.
Inflammatory arthritis includes rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma. Symptoms include inflammation of the joints as well as bilateral presentation (both sides of the body similar). For example: both SI joints vs. DJD which is often a unilateral presentation (one side more than the other).
Metabolic disorders are a third type of arthritis, and one that people commonly hear about is gout. This can have common features of both degenerative and inflammatory arthritis, but will often have positive blood work or laboratory findings. For example, with gout we often find an increase of uric acid in the bloodstream.
Over time arthritis will work its way into the spine and that means breakdown of the discs in the back. Talk to chiropractors Dr. Bellinger or Dr. Gill to find out if chiropractic treatment or spinal decompression may help you get pain relief in your back.
CT Spine and Disc Center is located in central Connecticut- Specializing in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call us at 860-633-8756 to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression
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