Many sources of back and neck pain can be attributed to acute injuries or illnesses related to external pathogens. However, what people don’t often realize is that their back pain can also be caused by their own bodies. A surprising amount of autoimmune conditions can lead to back and neck pain.
These conditions can be difficult to manage, but chiropractic may be able to help with symptom reduction. Advanced Spine and Posture can treat patients in Las Vegas, NV, who are experiencing pain due to autoimmune disorders, potentially alleviating symptoms for a better quality of life.
How autoimmune conditions affect the spine
An autoimmune condition occurs when your body’s immune system mistakes your natural body for an invader. When this happens, the immune system begins to attack the body – usually a specific organ – with fighter cells. What often results is the destruction of healthy cells, which causes problems for your bodily systems.
While some autoimmune diseases target organs like the pancreas, others can affect the joints or your entire body. Thus, some conditions can affect the back and neck and lead to pain. Additionally, one of the results of an immune system attack is inflammation. When the immune system causes total-body inflammation, joint pain may increase.
Common autoimmune conditions
Although there are close to 100 identified autoimmune conditions, some are more likely to affect the neck and back than others. These five conditions may lead to worsened back or neck pain:
- Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking the joints. The disease causes significant joint inflammation, resulting in stiffness and painful movement. All joints in your body can be affected, causing widespread pain, in addition to back and neck pain.
- Psoriatic arthritis: A branch of the skin-affecting autoimmune condition psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis is characterized by both inflammation in the joints and itchy, red patches of skin. There are multiple forms of this disease, some of which affect the entire body and some which affect the spine, specifically. Developing psoriatic arthritis is more likely if you already have psoriasis.
- Multiple sclerosis: Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a condition that causes damage to your central nervous system. The immune system attacks the protective layer around nerve fibers, which can prohibit the brain from sending the proper signals to the rest of the body. People with MS may experience a range of symptoms, but some of the most common are fatigue and weakness. Muscle spasms or weakness are also common, as is pain. These symptoms may culminate in back and neck pain due to spine destabilization and faulty pain signals.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus: Systemic lupus erythematosus is the most common form of lupus and occurs when the immune system targets the joints, as well as many other tissues. Some of the most common symptoms of the disease are joint pain, joint swelling, fatigue, rashes, and headaches.
- Ankylosing spondylitis: Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disorder that specifically affects the spine. The condition causes inflammation between the vertebrae, leading to swelling and stiffness in the neck and back. Over time, ankylosing spondylitis may cause permanent fusion of the vertebrae, further limiting spinal mobility.
Manage your autoimmune condition with chiropractic
If you’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that increases pain in your back and neck, contact the team at Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV. Our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to spinal wellness may help manage the inflammation and stiffness in your joints, so you can enjoy improved mobility and reduced pain.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.