Arthritis is a well-known condition and/or disease associated with a variety of underlying health issues, including low back pain and sciatica. It is not a single condition/disease, but rather, it is often joint pain or joint disease caused by different factors. There are about 100 different types of arthritis. People of all ages, sex, and races can develop arthritis. As the most common cause of disability in America, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have joint pain or joint disease along with a variety of other symptoms, such as low back pain and sciatica.
It is prevalent among women, and it frequently develops in older adults. Other common symptoms associated with arthritis include pain, swelling, stiffness, and decreased range of motion (ROM) which can cause low back pain and sciatica. Symptoms can range from mild and moderate to severe. These can also come and go, stay the same for an extended period of time, or can get worse over time.
In severe circumstances, arthritis may commonly cause chronic low back pain and sciatica, making regular tasks difficult. It can also cause permanent joint damage. Joint changes caused by arthritis may become visible, such as knobby finger joints, but these can generally only be seen on x-rays. Along with the type of arthritis that can cause low back pain and sciatica, several types of arthritis can ultimately affect the eyes, lungs, heart, kidneys, and skin, among others.