Arthritis of the Spine

by Dr. David Bomback

 If you have been offered surgery because of arthritis, a second opinion is a wise idea.

 

Patients may often see the term, arthritis of the spine, but there are many other terms that are synonymous with this.  These include spondylosis, disc degeneration or degenerative disc disease.  Arthritis of the spine can affect any portion of the spine but most commonly the neck and lower back.  Patients often present with neck pain and/or back pain.  The patient should note this is a normal age-related change that occurs in the spine, and surgery is rarely recommended strictly for this purpose.  If you have been offered surgery because of arthritis, a second opinion is a wise idea.

Dr. David Bomback

About Dr. David Bomback

Dr. Bomback has excelled throughout his entire academic career. After graduating high school as salutatorian, he then graduated cum laude from Columbia College, Columbia University where he was named one of only five Rabi Scholars (for mathematics and science) in his class. He then earned his medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons,... Read More »