In this Ask An Orthopedist, a patient is concerned about dark sports spotted on an x-ray for arthritis.
I had a lower back x-ray done about a month ago and was told my diagnosis was arthritis. Can dark spots or black spots be indicative of arthritis? The few spots on the 2 or 3 vertebrae up from the sacrum shows some dark or black spots. What does this mean?
The dark spots are not likely in the bone but rather in your intestine. Arthritis manifests itself on x-rays with narrowing of the joint space and spurring.
The presence of dark spots on an X-ray does not necessarily indicate that a person has arthritis. These spots, also known as bone spurs, can be caused by a variety of factors including wear and tear on the joints, injury, or even genetics. In order to determine the cause of the bone spurs and the appropriate course of treatment, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider. At Azalea Orthopedics, our team of orthopedic surgeons is experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions that may cause bone spurs.
It is important to note that there are many different types of arthritis, each with its own set of causes and treatment options. Osteoarthritis, for example, is a degenerative joint disease that is often caused by wear and tear on the joints over time. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints. Treatment for arthritis may include medications, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. It is important to work with a healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. At Azalea Orthopedics, our team of orthopedic surgeons is experienced in diagnosing and treating a variety of types of arthritis. If you have questions or are experiencing pain and stiffness in your joints, we encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment.