Low Back Osteoarthritis

Low Back Osteoarthritis or ‘degenerative joint disease’ is the gradual wearing away of the smooth articular cartilage that lines the surface of the joints.

If the cartilage wears to expose the underlying bone then friction irritates the joint and it becomes inflamed and painful.

Clinically diagnosed osteoarthritis exists in around 10% of males and 18% of females over the age of 60 years, with knees and hips being among those most commonly affected.


The following symptoms are associated with low back osteoarthritis:

  • Pain and stiffness which is worse in the morning or after sitting.
  • Accompanying sciatic referral into the buttocks and leg.
  • A feeling of tightness, or ‘guarding’ in the surrounding muscles.
  • Difficulty standing, weight bearing or walking.


Low back Osteoarthritis is irreversible, however the effects can be managed well by reducing the amount of inflammation in the joints and by keeping the surrounding muscles relaxed.

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