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Rheumatologic Conditions affecting the Low Back

Aka: Rheumatologic Conditions affecting the Low Back, Low Back associated Rheumatologic conditions
  1. Findings: Osteoarthritis
    1. Low back Osteoarthritis common in the elderly
    2. Lumbar Radiculopathy due to spine degeneration (osteophytes or bone spurs) typically follows a fixed or progressive course
      1. Contrast with Lumbar Disc Herniation which tends to improve as the disc Herniation resorbs
  2. Findings: Spinal Stenosis
    1. Very common in the elderly
    2. Neurogenic Claudication
      1. Worse with walking
      2. Improved with forward flexion
  3. Findings: Osteoporosis with Vertebral Compression Fracture
    1. Severe, abrupt onset back pain

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