Arthritis is one of the most common chronic pain conditions in the U.S. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more than 54 million Americans are dealing with some form of arthritis. Two areas of the body that arthritis can show up in are the lower back and hips, and the damage to joints in these areas can lead to several noticeable symptoms. Here are three symptoms that typically occur with lower back and hip arthritis:
It might seem odd to some that arthritis symptoms can show up in the lower back and hips. However, both of these areas have joints, and the lower back and hips are both heavily involved in routine daily movements. Over time, normal activities like walking and standing up from a chair wears out the lower back and hip joints. One of the most common symptoms of this is pain.
The pain of arthritis is caused by bones in the joints rubbing together. This happens because arthritis results from the wearing out of cartilage that would normally cushion these bones. The bone rubbing can also lead to soft tissue inflammation and swelling, and this can increase your pain even more.
Another common symptom of arthritis in the lower back and hips is joint stiffness. Stiffness is defined as the inability to move a body part easily and without pain. One reason this symptom occurs in arthritis cases is the friction created by bones rubbing together in affected joints. This friction makes it physically harder to move the joints. Also, the swelling and joint inflammation of arthritis can cause increases the stiffness in the joints.
- Decreased quality of life
Decreased quality of life is also commonly a symptom of lower back and hip arthritis. For one thing, pain and stiffness make it more difficult to bend or move these joints. This difficulty can make it harder to do normal daily tasks like walking, cooking or sitting down. Patients whose daily activities are restricted by arthritis can also develop emotional issues. An example would be feeling depressed because you think arthritis has taken away your independence.
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers treatment for lower back and hip arthritis symptoms
Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is here to help treat the symptoms of arthritis. We’ll use one of our complimentary screenings to learn which symptoms you have. This screening can also help us determine how your symptoms are affecting you. Using this information, we’ll then create an individualized treatment plan for you, and there can be multiple therapy methods included in your plan, such as:
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment to start treating your arthritis.