Ask a Chiropractor – Open Forum

This is a replay of the live broadcast with Todd Wegerski

Open Q + A Session

On this weeks Blab episode, I am doing an open Q + A session. As me anything related to the back and spine!

Arthritis | What is causing your lower back pain?

This is a replay of the live broadcast with Todd Wegerski, chiropractor in Cary NC

Arthritis is a common cause of lower back pain. In fact, 1 in 5 adults is afflicted with the disorder. Once thought to be synonymous with old age, unfortunately more than 2/3rds of those affected are under the age of 65, and more than 300,000 children are also stricken with some form of arthritis. It also a leading cause of disability in the United States.

Arthritis

The word means joint inflammation. Amazingly there are over 100 different types of arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis or OA for short. It is most commonly found in the weight bearing joints such as the knees, hips, and the spine. It also is found in the hands as well, it particularly loves the thumb.

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that covers the end of bones in a joint becomes damaged and begins to wear away. There are several risk factors for osteoarthritis, most recently has been the discovery of a genetic component which causes a “weaker” form of cartilage. Age is a risk factor for OA, obvious with time comes more exposure to increased risk of joint damage. A previous joint injury, such as from sports or some form of trauma, is a leading cause of damage as well. Joint injury can also occur from a repetitive task such as playing the guitar, go take a look at images of Keith Richards hands. His fingers take more twists and turns than a county road.

In this blab episode, we follow John, a retired policeman who spent 30 years walking a beat and/or sitting in a patrol car monitoring traffic. His lower back is full of arthritis. He manages quite well overall, but every so often he does something that sets off his lower back. In this case it was painting a room while sitting in a chair!