Low Back Pain


Less common spinal conditions that can cause low back pain include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis, which is a form of joint inflammation (arthritis) that most often affects the spine.
  • Bacterial infection. Bacteria are usually carried to the spine through the bloodstream from an infection somewhere else in the body or from IV drug use. But bacteria can enter the spine directly during surgery or injection treatments, or as the result of injury. Back pain may be the result of an infection in the bone (osteomyelitis), in the spinal discs, or in the spinal cord.
  • Spinal tumors, or growths that develop on the bones and ligaments of the spine, on the spinal cord, or on nerve roots.
  • Paget's disease, which causes abnormal bone growth most often affecting the pelvis, spine, skull, chest, and legs.
  • Scheuermann's disease, in which one or more of the bones of the spine (vertebrae) develop wedge-shaped deformities. This causes curvature of the spine (rounding of the back, or kyphosis), most commonly in the chest region


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