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.
Osteoarthritis/Back Pain Symptoms
Pain is experience not only in the back, but can also be felt in the neck, shoulders, arms, and legs. Pain is often exacerbated by movement, leading to immobility and reduced quality of life. Other symptoms may include weakness, numbness and tingling, and (in some cases) bowel or bladder problems.
At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, we have incorporated a medical doctor specializing in pain management and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Medical care for arthritis pain management works closely in conjunction with a number of conservative, effective modalities for treating arthritis, including acupuncture (for pain relief), physical therapy (to focus on restricted mobility), and chiropractic care (to address poor posture and reduce pain and inflammation)