Lower Back Pain: Understanding & Treating Lumbar Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Whilst arthritis is typically understood as occurring in the joints of the knees and hands it also commonly targets the spine, leading to arthritis of the lower back, also known as Lumbar Arthritis. This condition can cause significant discomfort and can impact an individual’s quality of life. 

In this article we will help you to further understand lumbar arthritis, its symptoms and the best way to manage the condition through Physiotherapy and Chiropractic care here at Spinal & Sports Care. 

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Signs & Symptoms Of Lower Back Arthritis

Are you constantly battling with persistent pain in your lower back? Does every moment feel like a struggle, making you wonder if there’s more to it than just aches and pains? Here are some common signs and symptoms to look out for:

Persistent Pain: One of the primary indications of lower back arthritis is pain in the lumbar region. This pain may vary from a dull ache to sharp shooting sensations and tends to worsen with movement.

Stiffness: Individuals with lumbar arthritis often experience stiffness, especially in the morning or after prolonged periods of inactivity. This can make it challenging to engage in daily tasks and may improve with gentle movement.

Reduced Range Of Motion: As arthritis progresses, the range of movement in the lower back may decrease. This can affect your ability to bend, twist and perform routine tasks. 

Tenderness & Swelling: Arthritis doesn’t just bring pain – it can also make your lower back feel tender to touch, and you may notice some swelling around the affected area.

Radiating Pain: Arthritis can lead to nerve compression causing pain to radiate down the legs. 


Identifying Lumbar Arthritis

If you suspect that you have lumbar arthritis, it is crucial to consult with a health professional for an accurate diagnosis. Your healthcare professional can use following tools for diagnosis: 

Medical History: Your Physiotherapist or Chiropractor will have a comprehensive look at your medical history including previous injuries, family history of arthritis, and identify the nature of your symptoms.

Physical Examination: A thorough physical exam will be conducted by your practitioner to assess the range of motion, joint tenderness, and function. 

Imaging Tests: X-Rays, MRIs and CT scans may be ordered for further investigation if conservative care alone is not improving your pain and symptoms, or if your symptoms are severe in nature. 

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How Spinal & Sports Care Can Help You Manage Your Lumbar Arthritis

  • Manual Therapy: Your physiotherapist and chiropractors may employ hands-on techniques such as massage therapy, joint mobilisation or manipulation to reduce stiffness, improve joint function and reduce pain to aid recovery. 
  • Exercise & Stretching: Your physio or chiro will create a tailored exercise program to alleviate pain and increase mobility/stability for the spine
  • Posture Correction
  • Advice On Pain Management Techniques 
  • Education & Lifestyle Modification

Secure The Treatment You Need With Spinal & Sports Care!

If you live in Castle Hill, Parramatta, Wetherill Park or its surrounding areas and suffer from lower back pain, then you should reach out to our team at Spinal & Sports Care. We have fully qualified Chiropractors and Physiotherapists who are able to help treat your lower back pain. 

To learn more about lumbar arthritis treatment options, please do not hesitate to call our team (02) 9683 1110. Alternatively, you can book an appointment to visit your local clinic by using the online booking form.