Can You Get Arthritis in Your Back?

Lacey
August 22, 2020 0 Comment
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There are many different conditions that could affect your back like arthritis, so while you can get arthritis in your back it could also be something else that is like arthritis. Although these are more common types of arthritis-like back conditions, before getting set on what you might have it would be best to consult a doctor on what you think you have.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

A chronic inflammatory disease that affects the hip joints and the sacroiliac, the joint that connects the bottom of the spine to the pelvis. It causes swelling in the joints and spine in that area, which can cause pain or inflammation. It could also affect other parts of your body and organs.

Reactive Arthritis

Usually, this occurs after a urinary, gastrointestinal, or genital system gets infected and can cause inflammation in joints, eyes, intestines, kidneys, or even your bladder. This could affect some joints in your back.

Osteoarthritis

Usually affects the cartilage cushions at the end of bones where joints are formed by either breaking off or wearing away. In your back, this affects the vertebrae making movement painful and possibly causing even more damage.

Spinal Stenosis

Is when bony overgrowths of vertebrae or thickening of ligaments cause your spinal column to narrow and press on nerves. Usually, this is coupled with Osteoarthritis or Ankylosing Spondylitis but can occur by itself in rare cases.

 Psoriatic Arthritis

Is mostly associated with Psoriasis which is an autoimmune disorder that causes itchy and scaly skin rashes. People can develop Psoriasis before Psoriatic Arthritis, but it can be reversed sometimes. It mostly affects smaller joints but can affect the spine.

Fibromyalgia

Causes chronic and widespread muscle pain and fatigue, with the lower back being the most common area for pain. It is a pain disorder and by itself is not life-threatening, but it can cause daily struggles and affect sleep.

Treatment Options

There are many home remedies that might work for you, for instance making some lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, or changing your posture. You could also try hot and cold therapy by placing hot or cold packs on the place of pain to help reduce the pain and swelling.

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Yoga is also very good for increasing your flexibility and balance, regulating heart rate, and reducing blood pressure, which can all help reduce the amount of pain you have. Although the most effective way of treating any form of arthritis with a comprehensive approach is physical therapy. Muscle Activation acts as the physical therapy building strength where pain occurs, targeting the weak points causing arthritis. If your not finding relief after trying some home remedies, give us a call for a free assessment.