Arthritis and Back Pain

  • 9th September 2015



Arthritis is not just a disease of older adults. That persistent backache that you’ve attributed to pulled muscles or neck strain may very well be osteoarthritis.

It can also be known as wear and tear, spondylosis, spondylitis and lumbago and degenerative disc disease.

Arthritis and back pain myths

Degenerative disc desease


It has even been described, most inaccurately and worryingly, as a ‘crumbling spine’.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis of any age. It is most commonly seen in adults over 45 and may be triggered by work, life style, accidents, injuries or sports. It also affects more women than men, who typically feel more severe chronic pain. This may be linked to childbirth and high heels stretching or reducing the effectiveness of the core spinal muscles.

X-rays of the spine will show signs of degenerative changes in 95% of people over 50.

arthritis and back pain, how does it feel?

Morning stiffness or aching, pain or stiffness after rest, pain or stiffness after exercise, pain can come and go but worsens over time, reduced movement and stiffness when trying to move.

Other symptoms depend on where and how the spin is affected and what other structures have become involved. They can include pins and needles, shooting or sharp pains and numbness.

Arthritis and back pain advice.

Specific, gentle exercise, heat, pain killers and slight lifestyle changes can all help improve mobility and help relax tight tense muscles.

The most important thing is to find a balance between, gentle activity and complete rest. A proactive, multi-multi-factoral approach is best to get in control of pain and discomfort.

When there is an exacerbation or worsening of symptoms, manual therapy can help improve movement, relax tight muscles and reduce pain.

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