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Rheumatologic Conditions affecting the Low Back

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Rheumatologic Conditions affecting the Low Back, Low Back associated Rheumatologic conditions

  1. Low back Osteoarthritis common in the elderly
  2. Lumbar Radiculopathy due to spine degeneration (osteophytes or bone spurs) typically follows a fixed or progressive course
    1. Contrast with Lumbar Disc Herniation which tends to improve as the disc Herniation resorbs
  • Findings
  • Spinal Stenosis
  1. Very common in the elderly
  2. Neurogenic Claudication
    1. Worse with walking
    2. Improved with forward flexion
  1. Severe, abrupt onset back pain