An autoimmune disease where white blood cells target healthy joint tissue instead of fighting off infection and disease, rheumatoid arthritis is an uncomfortable condition that causes painful inflammation in joints. This results in swollen and stiff joints, and if it goes untreated, the surrounding cartilage and bones could be destroyed completely.
Common Forms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
One of the more common forms of rheumatoid arthritis occurs in the upper part of the spine and results in stiffness and pain in the neck that could make it difficult to turn your head. When rheumatoid arthritis occurs in this part of the spine, it’s troubling.If left untreated, it can progress to the point that the vertebrae become misaligned, a process known as subluxation. This can lead to spinal cord compression, problems with sensation, breathing difficulties, muscle weakness, and, in severe cases, even death.
Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis
The team at Central NJ Spine has extensive experience diagnosing and treating spinal rheumatoid arthritis. When you visit our office for treatment, we’ll work with you to develop an effective treatment regimen that is catered to your needs. When mapping our treatment plans, Central NJ Spine always tries conservative treatment options first, before surgery is even considered. Some of these treatment options might include pain medication, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy. However, patients diagnosed with cervical subluxation will likely be treated with surgery right away to stabilize the spine.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of spinal rheumatoid arthritis, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. Call our office at 201-371-6004.