Symptoms of Arthritis in the Back

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Arthritis in the back can be caused by compression or injury. Find out more about the symptoms of arthritis with the help of a doctor in this free video.

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I am Dr. Dicie Nathani with Holistic Vitality Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. I would like to share some information about symptoms of arthritis in the lower back. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of arthritis that usually begins with overuse, injuries such as sitting at a desk for extended periods. We're not really meant to sit for extended periods of time and so that adds compressive injury to the joints. If you have a job with heavy loading and you are lifting repetitively or bending repetitively this can cause arthritis in the joints. Perhaps you injure your back or the cartilage ligaments associated with the joint, lifting something that is too heavy you don't have the strength for or you have a car accident or a fall, you can also have traumatic injury to the ligaments and joints of the low back resulting in inflammation, versus rheumatoid is more of an autoimmune type reaction. There is a genetic component. There are environmental factors that predispose you for rheumatoid arthritis as well as there has been hormonal connections in the development of rheumatoid. The symptoms for both types of conditions are the same. There is inflammation in the joint generally after periods of being sedentary in the morning when you first wake up you've been you know, without movement the entire night and the joint will be stiff and inflamed and painful. There is also muscular pain associated with arthritis as your muscles start to compensate because of the pain and immobility in the joint. That was some basic information but find a practitioner that will offer you preventative health care by addressing your biomechanics, your lifestyle and diet.

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