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Lower Back Pain in Children – Causes Include Overweight and Sport

back pain in children overweightA study from Finland recently found that teenagers who are overweight, who smoke, and who have low levels of physical activity, are more likely to develop lower back pain and sciatica in later life. Whilst children are unlikely to develop spinal stenosis due to chronic wear and tear, it is possible that acute injury, such as from sporting accidents, can cause nerve compression and symptoms of sciatica in children. It is lso fairly commonly accepted that extra body-weight can put more stress on the joints, and the spine, and is often indicative of other health issues, such as insulin resistance (leading to diabetes), high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol, and a propensity towards inflammatory responses in the body. The interesting thing about this study is that it looks at the connection between behaviours and health as a teenager and lower back pain and sciatica in middle-age. Continue reading “Lower Back Pain in Children – Causes Include Overweight and Sport” »

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Reactive Spondylitis and Bacterial Infection

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Reactive spondylitis - inflammation in the spine caused by an infection

Wear and tear is not the only cause of back pain and arthritis, some is due to bacterial infection, and reactive spondylitis, or Reiter’s syndrome, is one example of this. Reactive arthritis symptoms can be similar to spinal stenosis symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis, and even osteoarthritis joint pain in some patients, but they are caused by inflammation triggered by an infection elsewhere in the body. Inflammation is marked by redness and swelling of the tissues, alongside heat and pain in the affected joints. Patients with reactive arthritis also commonly suffer from conjunctivitis (inflammation in the eyes) and urethritis, where the urinary tract is inflamed, although the two may not be present in all cases. Continue reading “Reactive Spondylitis and Bacterial Infection” »