ARTHRITIS BACK PAIN
Facts Put Simply
..A Primer On The Relationship
Arthritis and Back Pain
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
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:
Other back pain problem can be more complex,
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 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.
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 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
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
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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