Integrated Treatment for Arthritis-Related Back Pain in Monmouth County
Back pain is a ubiquitous problem that, in some cases, may be caused by arthritis. Arthritis is broadly described as inflammation in the joints of the body; it can cause serious and debilitating pain. In particular, Osteoarthritis can be experienced in the weight-bearing bones of the back, and is caused by mechanical stress on the joints of the spine.
Mechanical stress is caused by an atypical loading of weight on the back and spine and may be the result of trauma or abnormal posture. With time, the bones of the spine may be forced to accommodate this abnormal stress and loading. In such cases, bone cells known as osteoblasts are activated to produce additional bone (known as bone spurs). These form on the weight-bearing joints of the spine and can cause inflammation and pain.
For some arthritis/back pain sufferers, inflammation causes the spinal canal to narrow, which leads to compression of the spinal cord and nerve roots.