Spinal Stenosis and Ankylosing Spondylitis
In previous articles we discussed “Common Back Pain” which represents 95% of back pain. We also discussed "Herniated Discs" which are responsible for less than 5% of back conditions. In this article we’ll look at a couple of other conditions that can cause back pain.
Spinal stenosis is the build up of arthritic bone growth and “wear and tear” of your spinal canal. This is where your spinal cord and nerves pass through. Thus those arthritic bone growths can impinge on your nerves and cause pain. They also change your joint surfaces. This means that you may not have full movement as a result of those changes. You will typically be 60 years of age or older if you have this condition. If your symptoms are severe, then your doctor may refer you for surgery.
Ankylosing spondylitis affects the joints of the spine and pelvis. They become rigid and may even fuse. This is a hereditary condition. If you have this condition, then you will typically be a young adult male. You have pain and stiffness in the morning. This may also radiate down into your spine and legs. This diagnosis can be confirmed with a blood test. Although there is no quick-fix for this condition, it is best managed with a combination of medication and physical therapy.
Bear in mind that the incidence of these two conditions is quite low in back pain patients. If you are suffering from back pain, its very likely that that it is common back pain, which responds very well to treatment.