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Crohns and Back Pain

[10 Aug 2010 | No Comments | 39 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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Crohns disease is an inflammatory processes in the digestive tract that can occur anywhere from the mouth to the anus. More frequently it is limited to the small and large intestines. The inflammation is full thickness deep and will sometimes cause obstruction in the intestines when the tissue becomes so inflamed that it blocks the passage of food and waste. At other times Crohns disease can lead to ulcers and fistulas. All of these conditions cause pain and discomfort.

Patients who experience Crohns and back pain may also be experiencing problems with osteoporosis because of the years of poor nutrient absorption and lack of calcium.

Crohns disease was discovered in 1932. This condition affects adults and children. Recent research has identified low stomach acid as a potential factor to increase the patients risk of developing Crohns disease. Patients who have poor nutrition or a genetic predisposition also have an increased risk. While Crohns disease isnt caused by stress it is exacerbated by stress.

Crohns and back pain can be associated with digestive problems, such as the common cramping or diarrhea. Or with the development of fistulas or ulcers. Or the pain can be associated with osteoporosis as discussed previously.

To treat Crohns and back pain the origin of the pain should first be determined. If the pain is truly digestive in nature and referred to the back then working toward remission of the inflammation will help to resolve the back pain.

However, Crohns and back pain can originate from the back muscles and bony structures secondary to osteoporosis or to muscle tension. In either case it is in the patients best interest to decrease the inflammatory processes to improve the nutritional absorption and to decrease Crohns and back pain.

Physicians may prescribe different medications to treat the Crohns and others to treat the Crohns and back pain. These issues can be addressed with pain killers, surgical intervention, dietary changes, lifestyle changes and medications.

Some patients have found marked improvement in their Crohns and back pain through treatment by a chiropractor. Spinal manipulation for patients with Crohns disease, as well as physical therapy and massage, can help to ease many of the symptoms associated with the intestinal swelling and muscle tension. While chiropractors do not believe that chiropractic back adjustments are a cure for Crohns disease they do believe that it is helpful to treat the back pain associated with the condition.

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