Degenerative changes in the spine: Is this arthritis?

Osteoarthritis of the spine, usually in the neck or lower back.


Degenerative disc disease (osteoarthritis of the spine) often occurs in the neck or lower back. With age, the soft discs cushioning the spine dry out and shrink.


The spine loses flexibility. Bone spurs may pinch a nerve root, causing pain or weakness.


Treatment can include exercise, medication, and physical therapy.

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