Crohns disease is a chronic condition of the inner layer of the digestive tract, characterized by small areas of ulcers and inflammation and can be found anywhere from the mouth to the anus, most of them found in the small intestine. The entire area however, is not totally affected, as most often there is healthy tissue in between the inflamed and ulcerative places.
Crohns disease not only affects the intestinal tract, but can affect things such as the eyes, arthritis, and Crohns disease is often associated with back pain. Crohns disease can be extremely painful, but the symptoms can be treatable with medicine, lifestyle changes, diet alterations and surgery. Those experiencing symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting, and fatigue should consider consulting a physician for possible diagnosis and treatment.
How Does Crohns Disease Turn Into Back Pain?
Aside from the obvious complaints about the intestinal tract, ulcers and stomach pain, Crohns disease is associated with back pain, swelling, and restricted movement. One connection between Crohns disease and back pain is osteoporosis, brought on by lack of nutrients in a person who has Crohns disease. This nutrient deficiency is caused because patients with Crohns disease are forced to restrict their diet, a natural way to keep the intestines from getting irritated, and further causing ulcers and inflammation.
While there is not a direct chiropractic link between Crohns disease and back pain, getting treatment from a chiropractor has shown marked improvements in patients experiencing anything from mild to severe back pain associated with Crohns disease.
Chiropractic Care, Crohns Disease And Back Pain
A chiropractor can administer spinal manipulation to a patient with Crohns disease, easing some of the back pain associated with the swelling. Spinal manipulation, physical therapy and massage can help to ease many of the symptoms associated with Crohns disease and back pain. Back pain comes from the intestinal swelling, causing increasing pressure on the spine, muscles and tissues surrounding the spinal areas. While chiropractic care is not a treatment for Crohns disease, it can be very helpful in treating the back pain associated with Crohns disease.
Treating Back Pain Associated With Crohns Disease
Along with chiropractic care, there are medications that can help with treating the symptoms and progression of Crohns disease. These include medication ranging from acetaminophen for pain and swelling, aminosalicylates and corticosteroids for inflammation and painful progression, to antibiotics for related problems such as arthritis and ocular issues.
Each person suffering from Crohns disease needs to take their individual case into consideration, and determine what their best course of actions is, relieving them from their symptoms as quickly and comfortably as possible.