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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Spinal Pain

According to a recent article in Medical News Today, rheumatoid arthritis is a possible contributor to spinal pain and pain in the joints and hips. Rheumatoid arthritis contributes to pain, in part, because it inflames the joints.

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) include neck and back pain. Other symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Swelling of the joints
  • Back stiffness
  • Inability or difficulty moving joints
  • Pain near the base of the skull

Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis and pain

Home treatments

  • Ice packs that are used  within the first two  days of experiencing pain may help. After two days, applying heat to the muscles may be the better option.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications. Over the counter NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may help. It’s best to check with your doctor before starting any new medications.
  • Stretching. Gentle stretches and trying to stay mobile can help. Many people find water-based stretching and exercise beneficial.
  • Reducing stress. Some ways to reduce stress include meditation, listening to quite music, writing in a journal, and spending time with friends.
  • Lifestyle changes. People with RA and most people generally are healthier if they – quite smoking, lose weight, and eat a healthy diet
  • Massages and physical therapy may also  help

Medical treatments

When home treatments don’t work, anyone with RA pain issues  should see a pain management doctor or other appropriate doctors. The doctors may recommend imaging tests to held determine where the pain is and what may be causing the pain. In some cases, surgical procedures may be an option.


The information is for educational purposes only. Please make an appointment so we can formally review your medical condition.

Our husband and wife medical team helps patients in Langhorne, Levittown, Newtown, Bensalem, Doylestown, Philadelphia and many other locations in or near Bucks County. We can be reached at 215.741.7031

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