The most common reason osteoarthritis occurs is simply wear-and-tear from daily life. The older we get the more likely we are to experience it. Being overweight increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis at any age. The larger joints in our body have to carry the extra weight and that can cause the cartilage to break down faster than in a normal weight person.
There are multiple types of spondylosis and they correspond to the region of the spine that it occurs in:
- Cervical Spondylosis: occurs in the cervical spine, which is your neck. More than 85% of people over the age of 60 experience this type of spondylosis.
- Thoracic Spondylosis: occurs in the thoracic spine, the upper and middle part of your back.
- Lumbar Spondylosis: occurs in the lumbar spine, the lower part of your back.
We most commonly treat osteoarthritis with steroid injections into the joint space. This can help cut down on the inflammation enough to allow you to move the joint again, which should significantly reduce pain.
In the case of spondylosis, there are several interventional procedures we perform that can offer relief. Steroid Injections and Radio Frequency Ablations are the most common ones we perform in our office.
Newer treatments options we perform involve injecting Platelet Rich Plasma or Stem Cells directly into the joint space. These are newer types of treatment that haven’t been around long enough to be as well studied as steroid injections. Individual results vary but many of our patients have had great outcomes.