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How does osteoarthritis affect the spine?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
In the spine, osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage, or the protective slippery cushion of tissue that lines your joints, becomes damaged and unable to do its job. Over time, the joint cartilage breaks down to the point of bone-on-bone contact along your backbone. This can be very painful and can cause inflammation. Over time, it can lead to disability.

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