Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage that protects and cushions the joints breaks down over time, causing bones to rub together and cause damage. Osteoarthritis commonly affects the spine, fingers, thumbs, hips, knees, or toes. Symptoms may include pain that increases with activity, stiffness, restricted motion, tenderness, swelling, enlargement of the joints, or a grinding sensation.
In the spine, arthritis pain commonly comes from the facet joints. It is typically felt as an aching or stabbing pain across the back or neck, and is worse with looking up or leaning back, and twisting movements. This type of pain can often be successfully treated in a minimally invasive fashion with a procedure called Radiofrequency Ablation.