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See a WellStar physician right away if your back pain is severe, flares up after a fall or injury or your symptoms also include:

  • Fever or unexplained weight loss
  • Pain or numbness in legs
  • Pain and difficulty urinating
  • Weakness in one or both legs

"An estimated 46 million adults in the United States some form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis – the most common form of arthritis affecting more than 27 million adults – is the most common type of neck and back arthritis."

*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Neck & Back Arthritis Prevention

  • Maintaining a healthy weight may slow the progression of neck and back osteoarthritis.
  • An exercise program may help reduce pain and improve range of movement.
  • Regular, moderate exercise offers many benefits to people with neck and back arthritis. In addition to reducing neck and back pain and stiffness, exercise builds strong muscle around the joints.
  • Stretching is a simple way to keep joints and muscles flexible.
  • Exercising in the water can be particularly effective to build strength and increase range of motion for those dealing with neck and back arthritis.

Help Reduce Your Risk of Neck & Back Arthritis

  • Proper posture -- knowing the right way to sit, stand, walk and lift -- can help prevent back pain.
  • Avoid excess body fat by balancing caloric intake with ample exercise
  • Take steps to prevent injuries:
    • Stretch and warm up before exercise. Cool down afterward.
    • Don't overdo it
    • Wear properly fitting shoes
  • Avoid running on asphalt, concrete and other hard surfaces when possible

Tests and Screenings for Neck & Back Arthritis

  • X-ray
  • CT scan (computerized tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Discogram, a test used to view internal structure of a disc to determine if damage to the disc is a source of pain
 
 
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