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What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the spine?

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Osteoarthritis of the spine may cause stiffness or pain in the neck or back. It may also cause weakness or numbness in the legs or arms if it is severe enough to affect spinal nerves or the spinal cord itself. Usually, the back discomfort is relieved when the person is lying down. Some people experience little interference with the activities of their lives. Others become more severely disabled.   In addition to the physical effects, a person with osteoarthritis might also experience social and emotional problems. For instance, a person with osteoarthritis that hinders daily activities and job performance might feel depressed or helpless.

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “Spinal Stenosis” and "Osteoarthritis."

 

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 9, 2017

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “Spinal Stenosis” and "Osteoarthritis."

 

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 9, 2017

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