Arthritis of the spine goes by many different names. You may hear it referred to as spinal arthritis, degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoarthrosis, spinal arthropathy, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, spondylitis, spinal degeneration, or simply bone spurs. It is generally found in conjunction with degenerative discs. In an arthritic spine the smooth surfaces of the vertebrae that glide against each other (the facet joints) lose their smooth cartilage lining, and become rough. Bone spurs form at the edges of the facet joints, and around the rims of the vertebrae themselves. Pain can be minimal or debilitating, often depending upon how badly the nerves are being affected.
My treatment approach involves helping to restore spinal motion and alignment as fully as possible... primarily through chiropractic adjustments and motorized mechanical traction and massage. Just as with treatment of degenerative discs, arthritis is not reversible. But I have found that by restoring motion and alignment as completely as possible, and incorporating supportive exercises and stretches, tremendous symptomatic and functional improvement can be achieved.