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BACK PAIN & ARTHRITIS

The Facts Put Simply

.
..A Primer On The Relationship Between
. Arthritis and Back Pain

On this page we focus on the possible links between Back Pain and Arthritis.

Should your back pain be the result of Arthritis, then we invite you to explore this page and the rest of our Joint-Pain-Forum website at your convenience.

Should you wish however to get more indepth information focused specifically on all things Back Pain related... please visit our friends at Lower Back Pain Answers.


    Back Pain and Arthritis

    Back pain is epidemic in North America. Current figures suggest that 85 percent of people over the age of 25, will at some point in their lifetime experience back pain severe enough to interfere with their regular activities.

    Although pain can develop anywhere along the spinal column, the neck (cervical) and low-back (lumbar) areas are most commonly affected.

    Many causes of back pain can be easily remedied through modifications to lifestyle such as:

    1) Losing weight
    2) Improving posture
    3) Exercising regularly
    4) Sleeping on a firm "no-sagg" mattress
    5) Improving diet

    Other back pain problem can be more complex, requiring medical treatment.

    Muscle and ligament problems:
    Injury to the spine as the result of a strain or sprain is the most common causes of back pain. A strain - also reffered to as a pulled muscle - results from overextending a muscle to the point of tearing some of the muscle fibers. Strains are often the result of lifting heavy objects or lifting incorrectly, exercising too vigorously or having bad posture. In a sprain, the back is over extended beyond its normal range of motion, tearing the ligament that holds it in position. The same movements that cause strains can also lead to sprains, but sprains are usually more painful. Obesity also puts excessive strain on the back muscles, since the spine must support the excess body weight. For more detailed information about Sprains & Strains Click Here.

    Psychological stress:
    Intense psychological stress has been known to cause back muscles to go into spasm.







Osteoporosis:
Woman over the age of 55 may experience sudden upper back pain, which could signal the presence of osteoporosis. This condition is characterized by the loss of bone strength and results in a gradual shrinking in height, chronic pain, and the development of a stooped (hunched over) posture.

Infection:
Infection anywhere in the body can manifest itself as back pain. If your back pain is accompanied by fever and/or painful urination, then an infection may be the cause.

Gynecological issues:
In women; gynecological functions can lead to lower back pain. Such common occurances as menstruation, menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome can result in back pain before and during a womans period. Additionally; physical problems in the female reproductive tract, endometriosis and a tilted uterus can lead to back pain.

An enlarged prostate in males - especially over the age of 40 - may lead to chronic back pain.

Arthritis:
Arthritis related back pain is most commonly the culprit if the pain is more severe in the morning or if you also have pain in other joints such as the hands, knees, or ankles. For more detailed information about Arthritis Joint Pain Click Here.

Disk problems:
Your disks are the spongy pads of cartilage that separate the vertebrae in your backbone. Vertebrae are the individual bony segments of your spine. In cases where the disks degenerate or shift out of their normal alignment and put pressure on a nerve, the result may be a sudden and sharp pain in your back that may radiate into your leg. While there are many terms for disc problems - such as herniated disc, bulging disc, etc. - the result is often the same... persistent and disabling back pain.

While we won't go into assessing or treating your back pain on this website... one thing is for sure - If you are a smoker, you should do your best to quit as soon as possible! Smoking reduces the bodies ability to heal itself, results in smokers cough which can jar the back, and promotes other activities which may be detrimental to health your spine.

For additional answers specifically related to Back Pain, you can visit Lower Back Pain Answers.

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