Arthritis of the spine

Arthritis can affect the small joints arthritis of the spine the lumbar spine called the facet joints. Lumbar spine arthritis is commonly seen in with other conditions.

Arthritis is a common cause of back pain. Arthritis is a common problem of the lumbar spine that can lead to a number of different symptoms. Lumbar spine arthritis is most commonly seen in older patients but can be seen in all age groups. Arthritis of the lumbar spine is a problem that occurs in the joints that connect each spinal segment or vertebrae.

The vertebrae are connected in three places. In front of the spinal cord, the vertebrae are separated by a cushion-like spinal disc. Behind the spinal cord, the vertebrae are connected by two small joints called facet joints. When the spinal joints become arthritic, spine movements become painful and stiff. As the facet joints wear out in arthritic conditions of the spine, the disc can also wear out over time.