54 yo female. 35 years working as a dental hygienist
Does this mean osteoarthritis? how is arthritis in back or neck diagnosed?
Looks like spondylosis
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I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.
Back pain, thoracic pain , or joint pains are classified as inflammatory/ non inflammatory.
in case the pain are worse in the morning after rest, or in late night, and the pains wake you up from sleep typically at 3-4 am, are associated with stiffness which is prolonged lasting more than an hour after you wake up, the disease is classified as inflammatory, diseases like spondyloarthritis, which require specific treatment.,
If these are non inflammatory or degenerative typically pain is worse after a day of work, they are better after rest and there is minimal stiffness. the treatment remains rest, strengthening exercises for the neck and spine, supplementation with calcium, vitamin D in case deficient, physiotherapy and sometimes medication to take care of the nerve pain and heaviness like pregabalin.
So osteoarthritis is a kind of degenerative joint disease, clinically I told you how it presents, X-rays and MRI confirm discs, compression, impression, etc implying degeneration.
what is the difference between impression on spinal cord from compression?
The MRI report doesn't speak of disc compression but a broad "multilevel degenerative disc disease" term.
How is the distinction between normal aging signs made from actual damage?
What causes it to be inflammatory?
hi degenerative disease is similar to osteoarthritis.
compression generally is more significant than impression.
it means the cord or nerves are being damaged.
there is no such thing as normal aging, some people may have more degeneration than others.
inflammatory arthritis is different, usually autoimmune.