Answers to Common Spine Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about spine health.

What forms of arthritis are the most common causes of back pain?

Spinal osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease can often lead to back pain, according to Spine HealthOff Site Icon (SH):

  • Spinal osteoarthritis – often causing discomfort in the lower back, this condition occurs when the facet joints of the spine become inflamed or are injured
  • Ankylosing spondylitis – this type of arthritis occurs when the joints that facilitate movement in the back become inflamed
  • Inflammatory bowel disease – inflammation of a portion of the digestive tract and is sometimes connected to forms of inflammatory arthritis

Enteropathic arthritis can also cause back pain, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon (AR). Enteropathic arthritis is an inflammatory condition that usually associated with a problem in the digestive tract, according to the AR.

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory arthritis that usually affects large joints in the lower extremities, joints of the fingers and toes, and also can affect the back and pelvis, according to the American College of RheumatologyOff Site Icon (ACR). The ACR states that psoriatic arthritis causes flare-ups that are sometimes associated with skin psoriasis. Left untreated, the inflammation could damage the joints, according to the ACR.

Ask your doctor about spinal osteoarthritis.

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Source: Jennifer Smail, MD, Pledger Orthopaedic Spine Center and Associates; Neal Mehan, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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