What is Spondylitis?
Inflammation of the vertebrae is known as a condition called ‘spondylitis.’ This inflammation is an inclination of osteoarthritis. Depending on where spondylitis is found, it can also be considered “facet syndrome.” When the vertebra becomes inflated, it can result in chronic pain, dramatic stiffness, and even cause a fusion of the spinal bones together. If conditions of spondylitis are less severe, discomfort and pain from movement is likely.
Though a single cause for spondylitis is still unknown, it’s association with arthritis lets us know that the joints are being effected by pressure and stress from certain lifestyle behaviors. It is also closely associated with age, like most spinal conditions. If you suffer from spondylitis or spine arthritis at an earlier age, it is likely to carry on into adulthood. Small fractures and reoccurring pain from early adulthood will worsen the state of the vertebrae as time goes on. The inflammation has no determined source.
Because spondylitis occurs in the vertebra, lower back pain is an early indicator of symptoms. Overall dullness, stiff back, and a lack of normal motions are indicators of the condition. Though most spine issues don’t have many symptoms away from physical pain because of the joints, spondylitis can also cause fever, inflammation of the eye, a loss in appetite and even fatigue. You should not assume that these symptoms automatically mean you have spondylitis, but it’s important to understand what your body might be telling you. The biggest and most severe symptom from spondylitis is the progression of the disease, leading to an extreme growth of the spine bones which will soon fuse with other bones in the body, including the vertebra. If at some point bones from the ribs, back and neck come together, the ability to move normally is almost gone, and performing everyday tasks can be nearly diminished. This can lead to issues with breathing and disability. If ever an x-ray shows that your bones are seemingly fusing together, ask your doctor to check for spondylitis.
Treatments remain minimal at this point. The best way to improve, or better yet, avoid it is to implement specific lifestyle changes that increase both your chances for healing and your chances of staying away from spondylitis. Making sure you keep active through exercise, stretching frequently and marinating a healthy diet are factors that play a big part when avoiding the condition. It’s also important that you take pain medications as okay-ed by your doctor and stay proactive in easing into activates that are harder to do because of the prolonged weakness in your bones. For younger people, it’s incredibly beneficial to keep good habits starting at a young age to avoid serious cases of spondylitis to occur as you get older.
Physical therapies and other light therapeutic practices used in general cases of arthritis are also methods to alleviate pain. In more serious spondylitis, where fusing is visible, surgery is suggested to help with pain that normal medications were not able to control. Laser therapies and minimally invasive procedures are also available. Request a scan to find out what method is best for you.
Spondylitis can be diagnosed with a thorough examination from one of our spine specialists. We're happy to help you get treatment! For more information regarding spine arthritis and spondylitis, call West Medical at (855) 690-0565 and one of our staff members will be happy to help you.
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