Healthy Approaches to Living with Spinal Osteoarthritis


Millions of Americans suffer from the pain and discomfort of spinal osteoarthritis. This degenerative condition results in the weakening of cartilage in the spine. This is problematic because the spinal column plays a critical role in your overall health. Bone spurs develop to compensate for the loss of cartilage, causing long-term pain issues, as well as peripheral problems for spinal support.

Chiropractic can effectively mitigate the symptoms of spinal osteoarthritis. Many patients living with the condition who use chiropractic to manage it report results on everything from reduced pain to improved range of movement. At Stability Health Center, we’ve seen firsthand how chiropractic can help Seattle, WA patients fight back against spinal osteoarthritis.

Understanding spinal arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition can be broken down into two categories: cervical arthritis (affecting the neck and upper back) and lumbar arthritis (affecting the lower back). With lower back and pelvis pain, the sacroiliac joint malfunctions, causing pain to spread. For cervical conditions, this is referred to as spondylosis, and may present as pain in the shoulders, neck, and upper back.

In both variations, misalignment of the spine due to weak vertebral discs can wreak havoc on your central nervous system, as signals are not properly sent via the spine.

Symptoms and management

Osteoarthritis can be caused by anything from genetics to lifestyle. Its symptoms present the same: localized pain, weakness and fragility, soreness, and restricted range of motion. No matter what the cause, it is possible to manage symptoms of the condition with the right approach. This is where chiropractic comes in.

Chiropractic is a natural, holistic way to treat spinal osteoarthritis. Your chiropractor will tailor a treatment program designed to pinpoint the causes of your arthritis. All of the following treatments are possible options for spinal osteoarthritis patients:

  • Spinal manipulation: At the core of chiropractic is resetting the vertebrae. This is especially important for arthritis patients to restore joint function.
  • Massage therapy: This is useful in relieving stress and muscle tension, increasing blood flow to areas of the spine and back affected by the condition.
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): Involves sending tiny electrical signals to reduce nerve sensitivity near the spine. This treatment is safe and has few side effects, with many patients reporting reduced pain following stimulation.

The reason chiropractic is so effective in managing pain is because its holistic and encompassing. While osteoarthritis may affect one specific part of the spine, chiropractic addresses the entire spine, alleviating peripheral stress and tension that may further burden patients. And, because it’s focused on spinal reset instead of masking pain, relief is real and repeatable.

Living the fullest life

Don’t let spinal arthritis and its associated pains limit your daily activities. Instead, explore what chiropractic has to offer. The professional team at Stability Health Center will develop an individualized treatment plan that’s right for you using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). Contact us today for a free consultation and more information about living with osteoarthritis.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.