Arthritis is inflammation of a joint that is characterized and usually accompanied by pain, swelling, stiffness, restriction of motion and changes in structure. Arthritis is not a single disease. It is a complex disorder that involves over 100 separate conditions and can begin at any age of life.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types. Other types of arthritis include psoriatic arthritis, septic arthritis, gouty arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Still’s disease and ankylosing spondylitis to name a few.
Osteoarthritis is characterized by low-grade inflammation that results in pain in your joints. This is caused by abnormal wearing of the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside of your joints.
Osteoarthritis is also evidenced by the destruction or decrease of synovial fluid that lubricates those joints. As your bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, you experience pain upon weight bearing, including standing and walking. Since there is less movement because of the pain, your ligaments may become more lax and regional muscles may atrophy.
Spondylosis is a form of osteoarthritis. It is a degenerative disorder of your spine. Spondylosis may involve degeneration in your neck. If so, it is referred to as cervical spondylosis. If the degeneration is in you lower back, it is called lumbar spondylosis. The disorder is known as thoracic spondylosis when it affects your upper and mid back.
Your signs and symptoms with spondylosis will depend on the part of your spine that is affected. These indications may be anywhere from mild to severe. They can also be chronic and disabling. Possible signs and symptoms include:
- Morning mid-back stiffness after you get out of bed
- Sciatica (mild to intense leg pain)
- Pain that radiates (spreads) into your shoulders, arms, hands or fingers
- Extending and bending your body initiates pain
- Low back numbness or tenderness
- Shoulder or neck numbness or tenderness
- Pain in the mid and upper sections of your back
- Pain that decreases after you finish exercising or when you rest
- Tingling or weakness in your neck, shoulders, arms, hands or fingers
- Difficulty walking.
You or a loved one may have spondylosis. Spondylosis and/or complications caused by this disorder or other conditions afflicting you along with it may have led to you or your loved one’s disability and be preventing you from working.
If this is your situation, you may need help. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may decide to apply for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by spondylosis and/or complications resulting from this disorder or other conditions afflicting you along with it. You may have already taken this step, and your application was denied by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one intends to reapply or appeal the denial, think about this. People who have a disability attorney in their corner like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability lawyer.