Everything Is Connected
Back pain is very seldom limited to the back, especially if it goes untreated for too long. Many patients also report that they start to develop problems with their legs and hips over time.
In the noted study, researchers set out to see if there was a correlation between reported low back pain and future osteoarthritis related problems such as hip or knee trouble. The population-based cohort study indicated that there was a higher incidence of hip osteoarthritis in patients with previously reported low back pain. They did not find a significant correlation with low back pain and future osteoarthritis of the knee joints.
Address the Cause of Back Pain
Though there could be a bigger risk for you to have hip troubles later in life if you suffer from low back pain now. This is not set in stone provided you take measures to care for your lower back as well as your overall bone and muscle health.
Primarily, you need to address whatever is causing your low back pain so it doesn't lead to problems with your hip joints due to overcompensation and unusual wear and tear. Spinal adjustments can help realign the spine and diminish future degeneration of your lower back.
Remember that a strong body can better resist injury and degeneration. Cardio, strength training, balance exercises and stretching for flexibility can keep your body strong and at ideal body weight. Good nutrition is also important to keep you strong and healthy.
We Can Help
If you are having low back pain, it's time to take care of yourself now to help prevent additional health problems in the future. Contact Patrick Chiropractic in Raleigh at 919-790-2288 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dale Patrick.
Stupar M, Cote P, French MR, Hawker GA. The Association Between Low Back Pain and Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee: A Population-Based Cohort Study Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(5):349-54.