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I have degenerative arthritis in back. Why does lower back hurt so much while walking a few blocks?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: See below

It is normal for everyone to have some degree of degenerative changes in the back even at age 26.
The important thing is whether these changes are normal for your age or not. Also MRI findings do not correlate well to symptoms. Some people have "normal" mris with a lot of symptoms and others have "severe" mris with no symptoms. See a doctor who specializes in this area. Exercise is usually the rx.

In brief: See below

It is normal for everyone to have some degree of degenerative changes in the back even at age 26.
The important thing is whether these changes are normal for your age or not. Also MRI findings do not correlate well to symptoms. Some people have "normal" mris with a lot of symptoms and others have "severe" mris with no symptoms. See a doctor who specializes in this area. Exercise is usually the rx.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Kevin Stone
Sports Medicine

In brief: Varies

There are various reasons why walking can flare up your back if you have djd.
One reason is that the discs between your vertebrae can flatten as you stand up against gravity and from the ground reaction forces. If that occurs then the joints become even more compressed and causes facet joint pain. Another reason could be due to poor mechanics at the feet and/or improper shoes.

In brief: Varies

There are various reasons why walking can flare up your back if you have djd.
One reason is that the discs between your vertebrae can flatten as you stand up against gravity and from the ground reaction forces. If that occurs then the joints become even more compressed and causes facet joint pain. Another reason could be due to poor mechanics at the feet and/or improper shoes.
Dr. Kevin Stone
Dr. Kevin Stone
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