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DANIEL SOUTHERN, M.D.
REGENERATIVE ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE

About Lower Back Arthritis

The spine is composed of bones stacked one on top of the other from the pelvis to the skull. These bones do not touch in front as the spinal discs separate them. They touch posteriorly at joints known as ‘facets joints’ at every level of the spine. These joints, like any other joint in the body, are subject to ‘wear and tear’ degeneration which increases with age. As discs degenerate they lose water and flatten out providing a decreased ‘cushioning’ effect in the spine. This flattening out causes the facet joints to bear more of the body’s weight increasing osteoarthritic change in these joints.

Arthritis in the spine often begins to appear around the age of 40 and increases in prevalence with increasing age. Various injuries to the back over time can contribute. Because your lower back bears a great amount of your bodyweight, the lower back is the most common location of arthritis back pain.

Symptoms of Lower Back Arthritis

Arthritis of the spine may cause stiffness or pain in the neck or back. Bending, twisting, and rotational movements can be especially painful. Arthritic spine pain typically ebbs and flows with symptoms being particularly severe some days with few symptoms on others. It is generally worse with prolonged positioning either sitting, standing or lying. Holding one position for too long brings on the typical sense of stiffness characteristic of arthritic pain. It is often worse first thing in the morning and gets better with activity. In addition to the physical symptoms it is not uncommon to become depressed or feel helpless if they are hindered in daily recreational and lifestyle activities or even compromised in their work and job performance.

Non Surgical Treatment for Lower Back Arthritis

Therapeutic exercises that increase flexibility, range of motion and strength are the front line treatment for arthritic spine pain. For some people, especially those that cannot tolerate exercise, daily medications and spinal injections may be helpful to some extent.

To learn more and get help for low back arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

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Surgical Treatment for Lower Back Arthritis

Surgical treatment for arthritis of the spine consists of spinal fusion which aims to eliminate painful motion at the facet joints. This surgery has a notably prolonged recovery and is associated with very mixed results when performed for back pain.

To learn more and get help for low back arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

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Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine Treatment for Lower Back Arthritis

Regenerative Orthopedic treatment for low back arthritis uses you body’s repair mechanisms to heal degenerated or damaged tissues. Platelet rich plasma or alpha2-macroglobulin injections in to facet joints can alter the degenerative arthritic process inside painful joints and provide support to cartilage cells to grow and repair joint injury. Sometimes, conservative non-surgical or even surgical treatment does not help reduce or eliminate low back arthritis pain, stiffness and loss of mobility to an acceptable level to allow a return to normal daily activities or perhaps the athletic and sports activities you wish to enjoy. In such cases, Regenerative Orthopedic treatment may be appropriate. These are same-day procedures that can be done in as little as one hour resulting in minor post-procedure discomfort and virtually no down time. Using painless harvesting techniques, bone marrow stem cells and/or platelet rich plasma growth factors are injected into highly targeted painful tissues of the back under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance. Patients can begin to feel improvement in as little as one week but maximal effects take 2-3 months and longer. Regenerative orthopedic treatment offers a minimally invasive, same-day procedure that concentrates the body’s own ability to heal itself to help you to a comfortable, fit, active and productive lifestyle by improving stiffness, pain and joint function with greater mobility.

To learn more about stem cell treatment, platelet rich plasma (PRP) or alpha-2 macroglobulin and get help for Lower Back Arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717