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Spine Arthritis Pain Management Houston

Spinal arthritis is when this condition affects the joints and discs of the spine, usually in the neck and lower back. Dr. Brett Warfield is board certified and offers arthritis pain management in Houston for spinal osteoarthritis at Texas Intergrative Pain Institute. He creates each of his patients with an individualized treatment plan. to put you on the road toward living your best life free from the grips of pain.  Explore the rest of the site to learn more about our practice and approach or contact us today to schedule an evaluation.

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Types of Spine Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation in Houston, Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting some 21 million Americans alone. It tends to develop as people grow older.  Osteoarthritis can occur in young people as the result of an injury or from overuse of a joint during sports or work. Spinal osteoarthritis may go unnoticed for a period of time. Generally, it occurs as we age, with women being more at risk after age 45 It causes the cartilage covering the end of the bones to wear away, resulting in painful bone-on-bone rubbing gradually.  Abnormal bone growths, called spurs or osteophytes, can grow in the joint.  The bone spurs add to the pain and swelling while disrupting movement.  All of the joints may be affected by Osteoarthritis.  Symptoms may also include neck and back pain, stiffness and weakness, and numbness in the legs or arms. Bone spurs can develop that press on nerve roots in the spine, causing shooting pains. Reflex changes and loss of sensation in certain areas are also common symptoms of progressing spinal arthritis. Our pain management clinic in Houston at Texas Intergrative Pain Institute can diagnose spinal osteoarthritis with x-rays and MRI scanning.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Spine

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the immune system turns on itself. It attacks the synovium — the lining of the joints. Although rheumatoid arthritis is more common in other joints, it can also affect the spine, specifically the cervical region (neck). Rheumatoid arthritis of the spine is not caused by wear and tear, so it’s considered inflammatory arthritis. It may cause back pain (and pain in other joints) even when these joints are not in use. It tends to affect women more than men.

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Dr. Warfield is a board certified  doctor providing passionate, caring, and adequate pain management to his patients.

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Spine Arthritis Pain Management Treatments

The first step when you visit our pain management clinic in Houston is for Dr. Warfield to confirm or diagnose you as having spine arthritis. He will conduct an extensive physical examination, and you will be asked about your symptoms and level of pain.  We will assess your muscle strength, joint motion, and joint stability.  Blood tests and other laboratory tests may be used to identify what type of arthritis you have.  Imaging tests provide more information about the condition of your joint.

 X-rays are used to see the condition of your bones and joints and to identify areas of arthritis or bone spurs.  The tissues that surround the joint do not show up on an X-ray.  In this case, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan may be requested to better view the soft tissue structures, such as ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.

 A bone scan may be ordered to identify the location of abnormal growths in a bone, such as bone spurs, cysts, or arthritis.  It is a sensitive test that can indicate joint degeneration in its early stages that may not yet be visible on plain X-rays.  A bone scan requires that you receive a small harmless injection of a radioactive substance several hours before your test.  The substance collects in your bones in areas where the bone is breaking down or repairing itself.  These imaging tests are painless.

We treat spine arthritis with pain management rather than surgical methods.  Temporary joint rest and pain relievers are sometimes all that is needed.  Over-the-counter medication or prescription medication may be used to reduce pain and swelling.  If your symptoms do not improve significantly with these medications, we may use targeted injection therapy to successfully reduce inflammation and pain or suggest physical therapy to aid in strengthening the muscles surrounding your joint.  The resulting added joint stability can help relieve pain. 

 Acupuncture is also a time-tested treatment for pain.  Very fine needles are strategically placed around the body to block or interrupt pain pathways.  Acupuncture should be administered by a trained professional and can often be extremely helpful.

Exercise regimes, such as yoga, Pilates, and tai chi, can improve spine arthritis pain in many ways.  Physically, the stretching and strengthening provided by these programs directly affect many with arthritis.  Additionally, the stress-reducing relaxation that usually occurs from these types of exercise can significantly positively affect arthritis pain.

If you have been diagnosed with spine arthritis or suffer from neck and/or back pain that seems to get progressively worse, schedule an exam and consultation at our spine arthritis pain management center in Houston. Dr. Warfield can provide comprehensive spinal arthritis treatment while avoiding invasive or risky therapies like surgery.

 

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At Texas Intergrative Pain Institute (TIPI), our board-certified Back Pain doctor in Houston excel in nonsurgical treatments for various spine conditions.

Dr, Warfield is committed to alleviating your pain and restoring your well-being to get you back to doing the things you love faster and without evasive procedures. Contact us today!

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When your day-to-day life is physically limited due to  spinal arthritis, you may become frustrated when trying to find relief. Living with pain can be challenging, but finding the right doctor in Houston can make a world of difference. Dr. Warfield believes that there are many ways to treat your spine before surgery becomes an option.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Brett Warfield to discover how your spine can be treated with cutting-edge Intergrative pain management. Our Houston location is conveniently located to serve patients in Sugar Land, Cypress, Spring, Porter Tx and the surrounding area,. 

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