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Our Approach to Treating

Osteoarthritis of the Spine

Specialists at NYU Langone’s Spine Center are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis of the spine. This condition results from a gradual degeneration of the joints between the vertebrae, the bones that make up the spinal column.

Usually, osteoarthritis of the spine is caused by the accumulated effects of wear and tear associated with aging. Many everyday movements and activities put stress on the spinal joints as they work to balance the weight of the body and allow the spine to bend and twist. Over time, this stress causes inflammation and irritation around the joints, which may lead to pain and stiffness in the spine.

Our team of spine specialists includes orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and physicians who specialize in rehabilitation. They diagnose osteoarthritis of the spine using advanced tests such as dynamic X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and electromyograms. Based on the results of these tests, our doctors tailor a treatment plan to relieve spinal pain and stiffness, restore flexibility, and help you remain active.

Treatment for Osteoarthritis of the Spine

Our doctors recommend physical therapy to build strength and restore range of motion in the spine. Many people also find that medication and therapeutic spinal injections alleviate discomfort and ease everyday movements. If osteoarthritis causes structural changes in the spine that result in a pinched nerve or instability, doctors may recommend spinal surgery.

Our Research and Education in Osteoarthritis of the Spine

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.