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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 Ongoing Care

The pain and stiffness of neck and back arthritis can be eased through exercise and physical therapy. Regular exercise strengthens joint-supporting muscles and improves flexibility.

A physical therapist can suggest appropriate exercises to improve range of motion.

Aquatic therapy is an option if you have medication conditions that might limit traditional exercise. Your WellStar physician may refer you to one of the aquatic therapy programs at the WellStar Cobb, WellStar KennestoneWellStar Windy Hill or OrthoSport locations.