Osteoarthritis of the arcuate joints of the spine

Osteoarthrosis of the arcuate joints of the spine and features of its treatment

faceted spinal arthrosis Doug truncate( facet) joints play an important role in the functioning of the vertebral system of the body.

The presence of facet joints allows for a variety of movements. Due to this, the spine is a flexible and mobile structure.

Facet arthropathy is a disease that occurs in a permanent form in older patients( after 45 to 50 years).

Osteoarticular arthrosis is most often manifested by pain in the area of ​​the cervical or lumbar spine, or, more rarely, in the thoracic spine.

Causes and risk factors

The main cause of this disease is excessive strain on the cervical and other parts of the spine.

But spondyloatrosis is also able to develop and together with other diseases of the spine( scoliosis, lordosis, etc.).

Risk factors:

  • age of the patient( about 50 - 60 years);
  • great physical exertion on the joints;
  • long standing of a person in a sitting or standing position;
  • metabolic disorders and endocrine diseases;
  • eating disorder( consequence - cartilage dystrophy).

Clinical picture of

One of the main symptoms of facet joint arthrosis is the appearance of pain in the cervical, lumbar or thoracic

arthrosis of the facet joints spine.

The patient should also be alerted to the presence of unpleasant sensations and pressure in the spine.

Over time, there may be difficulties in turning and tilting the head.

Diagnostic methods

The doctor can diagnose the presence of the facet pain syndrome in the patient at the first reference to the hospital.

The diagnosis is easily confirmed by X-ray examination, but to clarify the diagnosis an experienced doctor can prescribe a computer or magnetic resonance imaging.

Objectives and methods of traditional therapy

Treatment of arthrosis of the arcuate joints of the spine must necessarily take place under the supervision of a qualified specialist.

Only the doctor will be able to make an accurate diagnosis, determine the phase of the pathology, prescribe a treatment that is completely suitable for the patient and will take into account the individual characteristics of his organism.

Aggregate methods of struggle will help to eliminate pain and improve the quality of movement in the fastest time.

Condition one - compliance with

It is necessary to adhere to bed rest for 1 to 3 days after the disease worsens. This method will relax tensioned muscles.

This will increase the flow of blood to the affected parts of the spine, and cell nutrition will return to normal.

Over time, the pain will disappear, and the patient is again able to move.

But even if the condition improves, do not lift heavy objects, so you can start the process of exacerbation of facet arthrosis.


A drug blockade of pain occurs with the use of drugs such as hormones, chondroprotectors and corticosteroids.

Medicamental blockade These medicines are carefully administered to the spine departments, where the maximum level of pain is observed.

It is also appropriate to use different types of injections, tablets, ointments, gels and creams.

The main goal of the use of medications is to minimize inflammation, start the process of restoring cartilaginous tissue and alleviate the symptoms of the disease in humans.

To determine the dosage of the drug and the duration of treatment, we recommend that you consult a qualified doctor.

Intravenous droppers( injections) contribute to a qualitative improvement in the metabolic process( metabolism), provide good microcirculation in nerve cells, and also stop possible negative reactions of the body to various drugs during treatment.

The use of vitamin complexes

In the daily diet of the patient suffering from the disease, there must be vitamin complexes.

Vitamins fight the disease indirectly, that is, positively affect the process of joint repair and the structure of cartilaginous tissue.

Group B vitamins are the main assistants in the fight against the disease. To achieve a good and fast result, this group of vitamins should be consumed in the complex.

Physiotherapy methods

These methods are widely used for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with facet arthrosis, since they are the safest.

One of the ways of physiotherapy is a therapeutic physical culture. Doing physical exercises is necessary to strengthen the muscular framework in the area of ​​the facet joints, as well as to enhance the microcirculation of blood in them.

Also in the treatment of the disease, various types of massage are suitable.

For arthrosis, massage is useful because in its process, heating occurs and blood supply to the joints improves, painful sensations in the affected areas of the muscles occur.


To such a method as acupuncture, patients are treated in order to eliminate spasms in the muscles around the affected joints and to activate recovery processes.

The peculiarity of this method is that by influencing only 1 point, it is possible to effectively influence the functions and some human organs.

But, like all methods, acupuncture has some contraindications.

In order to use acupuncture, you need a consultation with an experienced specialist!

Leeches on the health of joints

hirudotherapy In the treatment of arthrosis of the facet joints, you can use the method of hirudotherapy, that is, treatment with leeches.

In order to understand whether this type of treatment will be effective, taking into account the individual characteristics of the organism, it is necessary to hold at least 1 session of hirudotherapy.

If, after visiting the first session, the patient's state of health has improved, then it makes sense to undergo a full course of treatment.

Treatment with leeches should not be used if the patient has:

  • anemia;
  • hypotension;
  • pregnancy;
  • poor blood coagulability;
  • as well as poor health and weakening of the body.

Hirudotherapy has a complex effect on the body and affected tissues.

Traditional medicine recipes

Facet arthropathy in all parts of the spine is quite easy to treat with folk remedies.

Compresses, tinctures, belts with anti-inflammatory effect are used:

  1. Tincture from eucalyptus leaves .Slice finely 100 gr.eucalyptus and pour 500 ml.of vodka. Stir thoroughly and put in a dark place for 5-7 days. After the tincture is ready, rub the sore spot with light circular motions before going to bed. Ointment from mustard seeds .To prepare this ointment, take 100 gr.mustard in powder and 200 gr.any salt. It is worth adding a little kerosene to make the mixing process easier. The ointment obtained is rubbed into the affected area before going to bed.

These drugs can have a warming and anti-inflammatory effect, reduce pain, and also stop the development of the disease.

The health of your joints is in your hands and feet.

. Exercising will help keep your joints healthy and healthy. The best thing for this is a jogging or swimming session.

As a result of the motor load, blood microcirculation around the articular cartilage increases, which leads to preservation and improvement of joint health as a whole. Therefore, sports training is an assistant in the prevention of disease.

Overweight is one of the main enemies of joints.

For the prevention of arthrosis of the facet joints of , the body mass index must be carefully monitored. Obesity greatly increases the load on the joints, which sooner or later will lead to the development of the disease.

Therefore, the patient should think about reducing excess weight, which adversely affects the health of all body systems.

The organization of safety of movement and exclusion of injuries is also one of the important factors.

Too frequent and extreme physical exertion can cause microtraumas of joints, tears and ligament ruptures. As a result, the muscular framework weakens and the joint becomes weak.

Given all of the above facts, it should be noted that the facet pain syndrome is a serious disease that must be carefully treated.

It is not necessary to postpone the visit to the doctor, since arthrosis of the arcuate joints can easily pass into a chronic form with constant pain manifestations.


Osteoarthritis of the spine and arcuate joints: symptoms and treatment

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Arthrosis of the spine( spondylarthrosis) is quite common among all cases of chronic degenerative-destructive pathology of the joint apparatus. The main place in the development of the disease is given to the dystrophic and inflammatory processes in cartilages, vertebrae, ligaments, muscles. The disease can affect only certain departments or the entire vertebral column. The process involves arcuate and rib-transverse joints.

This disease in many cases becomes the cause of functional insolvency of a person, can lead to permanent disability( disability).

And recently such diseases are not uncommon at a young age. Very often, osteoarthritis is combined with another pathology, which has a similar origin - osteochondrosis, spondylosis.

Causes of

The development of spondylarthrosis is mediated by many factors affecting the spine. Often the disease occurs in old age against the background of the general aging of the organism and the depletion of regenerative possibilities. Sometimes it is very difficult to establish the cause of the disease, and sometimes it is impossible. In such cases, talk about idiopathic osteoarthritis of the spine. However, with careful examination, it is possible to identify the main etiological factors in its development:

  • Injuries of the spine and intervertebral joints, instability of the vertebral segments.
  • Increased strain on the spine - with obesity, as well as loaders, weightlifters.
  • Congenital malformations and features of the structure of the spinal column: dysplasia, curvature( lordosis, kyphosis).
  • Nonspecific inflammatory diseases: Bechterew's disease( spondyloarthritis), rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Specific inflammatory pathology( syphilis, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, brucellosis).
  • Endocrine and metabolic disorders( hypothyroidism, gout, hemochromatosis, chondrocalcinosis, postmenopausal estrogen deficiency, osteoporosis).

It is possible to find out which of these factors prevailed in the development of spondylarthrosis in a particular case, only from the results of a comprehensive examination. And as you know, correctly established diagnosis is already half the future treatment.

Therefore, for any suspicion of arthrosis, consult a doctor.

Arthrosis of arcuate joints

Arcuate or facet joints are formed by articular surfaces of adjacent( upper and lower) processes of the vertebrae. The impact of risk factors leads to loss of cartilage elasticity, its destruction, the underlying bone tissue is damaged, the synovial membrane of the joint, transverse ligaments of the vertebrae.

Symptoms of

Since arcuate joints are located along the entire vertebral column, the clinical manifestations of spondyloarthrosis will also have their localization. The most commonly involved in the pathological process are the arcuate joints of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Depending on the localization, vastness and severity of the pathological process, there will be some symptoms:

  • Osteoarthrosis of the cervical spine is characterized by pain in the neck, which has a blunt, pulling character, arising mainly in the evening. After rest, the pain syndrome disappears. Disturbs morning stiffness when bending and turning the head. As the progression is characterized by crunching, limitation of mobility and the formation of muscle contracture. In this case, the neck is more often fixed in an unnatural position for it. The pain intensifies and becomes constant.
  • When lesions of the facet joints of the lumbar spine, dull pain occurs in the lower back, which occurs after a long time in sitting position, lifting weights. Mobility in the lower back is gradually limited - the flexion and extension are mostly affected, the torso rotation is less often disturbed.
  • Involvement of the arcuate joints of the thoracic region into the pathological process is a rather rare phenomenon. In case of defeat of arthrosis and these structures, you will be bothered by painful back pain, which can be amplified by movement if you sit or stand for a long time. Further, there is an aggravation of symptoms: increased pain, decreased movement and stiffness in the thoracic region.


Symptoms of arthrosis of the arcuate joints of the spine are non-specific. It is necessary to differentiate deforming arthrosis not only with other pathology of the spinal column, but also take into account the diseases of the internal organs( heart, stomach, intestine, kidneys).

Only after an in-depth examination it is possible to say with certainty about the presence of arthrosis of the intervertebral joints of the spine.

It is necessary to consult a traumatologist and neurologist, get a radiograph, and if necessary - a computer tomography.

Arthrosis of costal-transverse joints

Lesion of costal-transverse joints occurs in a small number of patients. Arthrosis is characterized by the involvement of costal-transverse connections between the head of the rib and the transverse process of the vertebra.

The elderly are the most commonly affected, mostly women. As a rule, the vertebrae of the upper and lower thoracic parts are affected.

Symptoms of

Since the rib joints are involved in the pathological process, all clinical manifestations of arthrosis will concern the thoracic spine. However, there may not be any clear signs for a long time.

Among the symptoms of the disease in the first place is pain in the ribs, less often in the back.

Also concerned about stiffness in the spine in the morning. At the initial stage, the symptoms are local and short-term.

The progression of the disease will make itself felt by constant pain when breathing. There is a restriction of mobility of the chest, people lose their ability to work.


As in the case of arthrosis of another site, clinical methods are followed by additional methods. It must be remembered that chest arthrosis can mask such diseases: angina and heart attack, peptic ulcer, pancreatitis, cholecystitis, neuralgia. Therefore, careful differentiation of these conditions is necessary.

To find the right remedies help related specialists: physiotherapist, physician LFK, specialist in massage.

Treatment of spondylarthrosis

There are a large number of methods that allow the treatment of spinal arthrosis. The therapeutic effect should be complex, individual and directed at all links of the pathological process. The curative program for spondylarthrosis is developed individually by the treating physician. The most common use of combined methods of treatment, combining drug therapy and, for example, therapeutic exercise.

In any case, the decision on the need for this or that method is taken by the doctor.

Drug therapy

For the anesthetics, improvement of the cartilage state and the fight against inflammation, medicines are widely used: analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs( ibuprofen, nimesulide, ketorolac, corticosteroids), chondroprotectors( chondroitin and glycosamine sulfate).Dosage and duration of admission depends on the stage of the disease and is prescribed only by the attending physician.


Physical methods are of great importance for the treatment of spondylarthrosis. Their use is due to an additional analgesic, anti-inflammatory effect, increased blood circulation and acceleration of recovery. The following methods are prescribed:


Deforming arthrosis of the cervical spine

Unco-vertebral or simply deforming arthrosis of the cervical spine is called a disease in which the joints of the spine, and with them the intervertebral discs are subject to strong changes. The peculiarity of the disease is that on the background of deformations, bone growths - osteophytes - are formed. Most people who notice the periodically manifested tenderness of the cervical spine and the characteristic crunch of the cartilaginous joints at the inclinations, there is a similar pathology.

Factors of appearance of unco-vertebral arthrosis

Specialists share two types of causes that can trigger the onset of uncoarthrosis. The first include congenital pathologies, and the second, respectively - received as a result of vital activity. Among the second most common pathogens are flat feet and the effects of injuries to the vertebrae of the cervical region.(See also: symptoms of neck arthrosis).

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Also with a high degree of likelihood of formation of unco-vertebral arthrosis will lead to an excessively large body weight and lifestyle, accompanied by a low level of motor activity. Also, people who are forced to expose their bodies to large physical loads( athletes, loaders, and so on) fall into the risk zone.

The danger of unco-vertebral arthrosis is that in the process of its development, the intervertebral disc deteriorates, which loses some of the liquid contained in it. In this case, the thinning of the disc walls is observed, it loses its elasticity and can no longer act as a natural shock absorber, which causes a dangerous rapprochement between two adjacent vertebrae that pinch the nerve tissues and blood vessels. In addition, the weakening of the role of intervertebral discs provokes the growth of osteophytes - bone formations, which are designed to take part of the load.

Symptoms of Uncoarthrosis

Uncovertebral joints are arcuate articulations that form behind the cervical vertebrae, in places where hook-shaped formations pass from the cervical vertebrae. Usually, there are no such formations in the body, but under the influence of pathologies their appearance occurs very quickly.

Symptoms of formation of unco-vertebral joints:

  • is a strong pain syndrome in the area of ​​the affected spine, which can sharply increase during movements;
  • increase in blood pressure;
  • the appearance of painful sensations with a long stay in a static position;
  • appearance of creaking and crunching during head inclinations and turns;
  • dizziness;
  • pain in the head.

Methods of treatment

The process of treatment is outpatient, and the main task of the doctor is the removal of pain and painful muscle spasm. If the disease has become acute, the patient will be required to wear a special collar, which will ease pressure on the vertebrae.(Learn about the uncoordinate arthrosis of the cervical spine).

Drug Therapy for Uncoarthrosis

In uncoarthritis, a whole complex of medications is prescribed, which includes representatives of the following groups.

  1. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs( usually nimesulide or diclofenac).
  2. Muscle relaxants, which help to quickly cure spasms( usually sirdalud).
  3. Drugs that improve blood circulation, such as actovegin or quarantil, will be needed.
  4. Chondroprotectors, which supply cartilage tissue "building materials" for early healing.

The choice of drugs, dosage and time of their use are determined by the doctor on the basis of a carefully conducted examination.(See also: cervical spine arthrosis treatment).

Physiotherapy procedures

Physiotherapy procedures have a remarkable anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. The most effective are the following methods.

  • exposure to magnetic fields can eliminate pain syndrome, relieve inflammation and swelling of tissues;
  • treatment with modulated currents is carried out with the aid of the apparatus "Amplipulse", which helps in quite short periods to completely suppress pain;
  • ultrasound phonophoresis allows you to quickly deliver to the lesion or lidocaine or novocaine, which "freeze" nerve fibers and quickly return to the patient a good state of health, even during periods of particularly severe exacerbations.

Manual therapy

Of the means of manual therapy, a very good result is a massage session. If you use them in combination with acupuncture and recreational physical education, the favorable effect will be very noticeable and will manifest itself quite quickly. However, one should not forget about caution and do not use massage procedures during exacerbations. In addition, massage is generally forbidden to apply if a patient has herniated formations.

In general, any treatment procedures should be appointed by the attending physician, who will monitor the results of their conduct.

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Osteoarthrosis of the articular joints of the spine is a malaise that occurs in a chronic form and affects people over 45 years of age. Such arthrosis of arcuate joints usually manifests itself in the form of thinning of cartilage tissues, various modifications of a dystrophic nature. In this case, the growth of marginal bone tissues usually occurs in the vertebral joints. The usual location of this type of arthrosis is the cervical vertebrae. Sometimes the disease is localized in the thoracic region.

Causes and symptoms of this type of disease

The appearance of arthrosis of the arcuate joints in most cases results in an exorbitant load on the cervical spine and the entire spine. The main reason for the appearance and further development of the disease is considered to be an overload of the cervical region, which leads to deformation of the vertebrae. Such a disease as arthrosis can manifest itself as an independent disease or begins its development together with such ailments as osteochondrosis, lordosis, scoliosis.

Very often, arthrosis manifests itself in conjunction with undesirable conversions of unco-vertebral articulations. In this case, between the various processes of the thoracic or cervical vertebrae appear neurological problems, which are usually expressed in the form of severe pain. There is aging of the joints located between the vertebrae. During this period, they change shape, anatomy, and marked change in their functions. Facet arthropathy or spondyloarthrosis begins to develop. Such a diagnosis doctors put virtually the majority of patients who go to clinics with complaints about various painful sensations in the vertebral zone. Sometimes the pain can go to the lumbar region, which greatly complicates the diagnosis of the underlying disease.

The first and main symptom of this type of arthrosis is severe pain, which has a pulling character. This is most often manifested after a long pedestrian crossing, during standing and with serious physical overloads. After a while, the pain syndrome progresses and begins to manifest itself even under the smallest load. Doctors in such cases make a diagnosis - arthrosis. It is confirmed by data from a radiological examination of the entire spine. To obtain more accurate data, laboratory tests or specialized research methods are used that are used when the patient has arthrosis.

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Treatment of the disease by various methods

Elimination of problems caused by arthrosis or spondylarthrosis should be carried out in a complex manner. For this it is necessary to remove all the factors that led to the development of the disease, and to alleviate the general symptomatology of the patient.

To this end, the following activities are carried out:

  1. To relax the tension in the patient's muscles, he is laid during a period of exacerbation for several days in bed. Painful sensations in the zone of the cervical vertebrae gradually subside, the supply of cells to the diet improves, the normal flow of blood is restored, the patient is able to move more freely.
  2. The patient is given a blockade using such drugs as hormones or chondroprotectors. They are introduced with particular caution to the affected areas around the neck. This helps reduce inflammation.
  3. With the help of a dropper, the patient is given medications that improve metabolism, restore blood circulation in the nerve roots and stop the possible reactions of the patient's body.
  4. Then they switch to the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The patient is prescribed different complexes of vitamins. You can use in this period and the appropriate ointments, creams or gels.
  5. In the next stage, the treatment continues with the use of physiotherapy, laser therapy, electrophoresis, magnetotherapy, etc. The patient is prescribed a complex of therapeutic gymnastics.
  6. If necessary, then apply massage, mud baths, homeopathic preparations. Perhaps, the patient will be prescribed hirudotherapy( leeches), manual methods of cure, acupuncture.
  7. With arthrosis, you can use traditional medicine recipes that can reduce pain and improve the general condition of the human body.
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Bed rest and general relaxation, medical blockade for arthrosis

It is needed to relieve tension in the muscular structures of the diseased, and to eliminate unnecessary stress on the cervical spine that led to the onset of the disease. After the painful sensations subsided( usually a week of bed rest is sufficient for this), the patient should intensify his motor functions. This is done gradually. During this period, it is contraindicated in any physical load.

Then comes the use of medicines. In case of spondylarthrosis or arthrosis, a mixture of drugs is injected into the affected areas of the neck, blockade is made by intravenous injection. The composition of the therapeutic mixture includes mainly glucocorticoids, such as diprospan or kenalog. They eliminate the causes of pain in arthrosis, although they are not considered an analgesic.

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Continuation of Arthrosis Treatment by Different Methods

As mentioned above, physiotherapy is prescribed for further treatment of the patient. Along with the use of a variety of instruments, for example, lasers, more ancient methods, such as hirudotherapy, are often used.

This type of disease control is based on the use of leeches and appeared 2-3 thousand years ago. Various studies have proven that the use of these blood-sucking organisms is very effective with different problems in the spine, arthrosis and curing many other ailments. Leeches dramatically improve the venous circulation, reduce the pressure inside the tissue structures, help to remove swelling. The effect has an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. At the location of the focus of the disease under the influence of leeches, the level of human immunity rises.

Another exotic way to combat arthrosis is acupuncture. With the help of a variety of needles, the energy flows in the patient's body are regulated, the optimization of the biocurrents begins, the protective systems of the person start to fight against the disease. This allows you to remove symptoms of arthrosis, for example, pain syndrome.

Physiotherapy methods affect the structure of intervertebral discs, nerve tissue and arcuate joints themselves. With the use of various types of equipment, the blood flow in the affected areas is improved, pains are eliminated, and the inflammatory process is eliminated. There is a restoration of cartilaginous tissues. Now, adobe decompression is often used. This method improves oxygen supply to tissues, eliminates free radicals, allows fresh blood to approach the vertebrae.

At the final stage of the treatment course for the complete eradication of arthrosis or spondylarthrosis, doctors use the massage of the tissues surrounding the spinal column. This normalizes muscle tone, removes harmful substances from the body, strengthens the vertebrae. Then the patient is prescribed a set of physical exercises, which must be performed for a fairly long time. This event is held in conjunction with massage sessions.

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Traditional medicine recipes for arthrosis

For the prevention of disease it is recommended to use a belt made of dog hair. Spondyloarthrosis can be treated with compresses, herbs, honey. All these substances have an anti-inflammatory effect, warm the affected areas, and this leads to a reduction in the pain syndrome and slows down the further development of the disease. Here are some recipes:

  1. Take 0.1 kg of finely chopped eucalyptus leaves and pour 0.5 liters of water. The drug is infused in the dark for 7 days. After that, tincture is used, spreading on diseased areas before going to bed. This should be done slowly in a circle.
  2. If it is possible to apply birch buds, then one should brew tea with steep boiling water and insist for 2 hours. You can drink it in the morning and in the evening.


Osteoarthritis is an insidious disease. She can not show herself for a long time.

Therefore, with the first symptoms of an illness, you need to see a doctor. Self-medication is not recommended.


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