Low back pain is a leading cause of health complication among many working adults. With millions of dollars spent each year, the cost of back pain complications affects not only our wallets but the cost of health insurance premiums.
For many adults, the cause of low back pain is associated with a chronic health condition that actually has nothing to do with a back injury or spinal column disorder. Instead, the low back pain is attributed to a complication associated with a genetic disorder known as spondyloarthropathy.
Spondyloarthropathy is a chronic inflammatory condition which leads to inflammation in the joints, ligaments and tendons. Of the varieties of complications, ankylosing spondylitis is the most common, affecting men more often than women. In fact, boys as young as 15 have been known to complain of chronic low back pain attributed to ankylosing spondylitis.
As time progresses, individuals who suffer from spondyloarthropathy will generally experience more and more symptoms. Often, after the back pain develops, the next pain will involve the hips and pelvic region.
Unfortunately, there are some health conditions which may also develop in response to, or in collaboration with, spondyloarthropathies. Most notably, many individuals who suffer from this inflammatory condition also experience complication with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and may even have some connection to Crohn’s disease as well.
If you suffer from low back pain, it is important to ask your physician to not only address any health complications associated with your pain management but also to address the underlying cause and origin of your back pain. If you find that your back pain is associated with complications of the digestive tract, this may be indicative of ankylosing spondylitis. To diagnose the complication, CT scan, MRI and even plain film x-rays may suffice.
As spondyloarthropathies are a genetic complication that only worsens with time, it is important to obtain diagnosis early. With the proper use of anti-flammatories, while managing any co morbid complications such as irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease, you can enjoy a better quality of life. In many cases, low back pain is, unfortunately, not diagnosed accurately in the early stages of spondyloarthropathy and, as a result, patients suffer needlessly often resulting in the development of impaired mobility later in life.
As with any back complaint, seek medical attention from a healthcare professional who is well versed in the aspects of back pain that go well beyond that of injury or trauma. In doing so, you may be able to obtain early diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis, or other spondyloarthropathies, before significant pain develops.