What are the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) in the lumbar spine?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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When the spine is involved in osteoarthritis, especially the lumbar spine, the associated changes are very commonly seen from L3 through L5. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and occasional radicular pain from spinal stenosis. Foraminal narrowing is caused by facet arthritic changes that result in compression of the nerve roots. Acquired spondylolisthesis is a common complication of arthritis of the lumbar spine.


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