Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis Overview

What you need to know about spondylosis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylosis, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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Let’s Start with Some Serious Stats

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By the year 2040, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 78 million adults in the United States (or 26 percent of the projected total adult population) will have arthritis. That’s a big increase from the 52.5 million U.S. adults who had some form of arthritis in 2010-2012. What’s the reason for this spike? An aging population. But aging isn’t the only factor at play.

“Arthritis” is a term for more than 100 types of joint disease or related conditions—and each type differs from the next. Spondylosis, which is osteoarthritis of the spine, is degenerative in nature. In other words, it develops over time. Other forms of inflammatory arthritis—like rheumatoid arthritis—are triggered by an autoimmune problem that may cause the body to attack its own healthy tissues and cells.

Although inflammatory arthritis can affect any part of the body, there are four types that may affect the spine.