Always bear in mind that arthritis is a condition that involves the “wear and tear” breakdown of cartilage in the joints. The cartilage is responsible for absorbing shock while engaging in physical activity as well as preventing the bones within the joint from rubbing against each other. Arthritis is a condition that usually affects aging individuals from all parts of the globe. Once the early symptoms of the condition are detected, a doctor can be consulted so that proper advice can be given on how to manage the symptoms as well as measures to prevent the condition from getting worse.
Arthritis in the middle back develops once the cartilage in between the vertebrae or back bone degenerates. The presence of bone spurs can cause various symptoms. In such cases, the doctor will manage the symptoms of arthritis in the middle back using conservative measures, but surgery might be required in severe cases.
Middle back pain
It is important to note that middle back pain is linked with arthritis that affects the middle back. This condition initial occurs at the facet joint or joint that connects the adjacent vertebrae.
The bone spurs at the facet joints in the middle back brush against each other due to the lack of cartilage between the vertebrae that has been worn out. This triggers the inflammation of the facet joint that can worsen the neighboring nerves that are responsible for sensing pain. In addition, this symptom is usually worse with twisting, bending or extending the back.
The doctor will initially recommend time off from any physical activity by resting, application of ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in managing the back pain. Corticosteroids can be administered at 3 times throughout the year to avoid bone thinning.
Diminished range of motion
Arthritis in the middle back can limit the flexibility of the spine. This develops since bone spurs and the resulting inflammation can reduce the range of motion of the facet joints in the back. This results to limitation in bending, twisting and extending the middle back. These can prevent the completion of daily activities of the individual as well as interfere with work or school.
Getting enough rest, application of ice and medications can minimize the swelling in the middle back in order to improve the range of motion. Nevertheless, physical therapy is highly beneficial in improving the flexibility. The physical therapist will teach the individual the suitable exercises that can help improve the flexibility of the middle back. A home exercise program can help maintain the flexibility of the middle back and prevent future stiffness from developing.