Degenerative and Rheumatologic Spinal Disorders

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A man with a degenerative and rheumatologic spinal disorder presses his hand against his back.

Most Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. While this type of pain can sometimes be temporary, it can also be caused by chronic spinal problems that can lead to disability and reduced quality of life.

These problems can be caused by wear and tear on the joints (degenerative disorders) or inflammation from an autoimmune response in the body (rheumatologic disorders).

At Yale Medicine, experts from the fields of neurosurgery, neurology, orthopaedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation (also called physiatry), and physical therapy work together to diagnose these conditions and identify the most effective—and least invasive—treatment options for every patient.