We continue with the series titled “what is causing your low back pain?” on Blab. We’ve been hosting weekly blab episodes every Friday at 1p, so come check us out over at blab.im. This week we discuss John, he is an elder gentleman who has arthritis, most likely caused by the 30 plus years of working on a police force.
One of the most common causes of low back pain worldwide. There are actually over 100 different types of arthritis, which is essentially a condition where one or more of your joints is inflamed. The most common form is osteoarthritis. Its typical presentation is that of pain, stiffness, and in some cases swelling. It affects around 1 in 5 Americans, and it is estimated that more than 20 million Americans have severe limitations on a daily basis due to arthritis. It places a tremendous burden onto the US healthcare system and on the economy. It causes more than 1 million hospitalizations and 45 million doctor visits in a given year. We spend more than $100 billion in its treatment. Recent discoveries have found a genetic link to osteoarthritis. But yet we are no closer to having a solution to the problem.
In this episode we follow John. He is a retired cop who spent over 30+ years either walking a beat, or behind the wheel of a patrol car. I’ve seen him off and on for over 10 years now, so I know what he diagnosis is when he walks through the door. Typically he will have done something crazy to cause the arthritis in his back to flare up. This time around it was painting a room while sitting in a chair.
Take a listen to this episode below!