It is estimated that between 60 to 80 percent of the US population experience back pain. It is one of the primary reasons why people call in sick from work and require disability. For some, back pain is only a one-time occurrence. For others, it is a chronic problem that can last for up to three months at a time.
Back pain is divided into two categories. There is mechanical back pain, and inflammatory back pain. Mechanical back pain comes as a result of a structural change in the vertebrates, spinal joints, or soft tissue. Inflammatory back pain is not the result of a mechanical defect, but instead as the result of an autoimmune disorder that can lead to inflammatory arthritis.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have this condition, contact Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic today. We can offer you medical advice, evaluate your symptoms, and help you explore treatment options.
Understanding Inflammatory Back Pain
It’s important to keep in mind that inflammatory back pain is a symptom of a greater condition. It stems from the inflammation of vertebrates, spinal joints, and entheses. Some of the indications of inflammatory back pain include the following:
- Back pain that lasts more than three months
- Back pain that begins when a person is in their 30’s.
- A family history of inflammatory back pain.
- Reduction in pain when using non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.
In addition to these symptoms, if a person is currently experiencing back pain and in the past has had autoimmune conditions like psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, or peripheral joint inflammation, it is likely that their back pain is caused by inflammation.
If a patient describes the pain as a throbbing, gnawing, or deep pain, this is an indication that the pain has an inflammatory source inside the spine. Inflammatory back pain does not improve with rest. Its symptoms are the most severe during the first 30 minutes after a person gets up from laying down.
There is no definitive test for conditions that can lead to inflammatory back pain. In fact, some arthritic conditions that lead to inflammatory back pain have their start in other parts of the body. The same inflammatory conditions might affect a person’s skin, eyes, urinary tract, intestines, bowels, and joints.
If you suffer from chronic back pain and suspect that it could be caused by an inflammatory disorder, contact us today. We specialize in treating inflammatory disorders, and can accurately diagnose what is causing your back pain. Once your disorder is diagnosed, our talented team of doctors can begin devising a treatment plan to meet your individual needs.