Atherosclerosis Symptoms Low Back Pain

Atherosclerosis Symptoms Low Back Pain research; what are the facts?

LBP research indicates there is a close association between vascular disease and lumbar disc degeneration.

Every chiropractor knows that managing the smoker suffering from a disc injury is more demanding, and the likelihood of failure of conservative treatment is greater. Likewise it has been identified as the greatest risk factor in lumbar surgery.

Various reasons have been promulgated for this baffling phenomenon. Most relate to decreased oxygenation of damaged lumbar tissue in the various phases of healing, but repeated coughing is thought to be a factor too. There are almost certainly others also.

Four paired arteries and the middle sacral vessel feed the lumbar spine. Aortic calcification at the junction, together with atheromas, are thought to be the cause of atherosclerosis symptoms low back pain.

Lumbar arteries

Atherosclerosis Symptoms Low Back Pain

It has been postulated that a diminished supply of blood to the lumbar spine could result in a variety of back conditions.

Kauppila and colleagues did a systematic search of the research literature looking for an association between atherosclerosis, lower back pain and degenerative disc disease to test the validity of such an association. Twenty five suitable papers were found.


  • Post mortem studies showed a connection between:
    1. Damaged inner lining of the arteries and degenerative joint disease.
    2. Lumbar artery blockage and a history of chronic lower back pain.
  • Clinical studies revealed:
    1. Calcification of the arteries is associated with lower back pain.
    2. Lumbar arterial stenosis is associated with both degenerative disc disease and lower back pain.
  • Epidemiological studies revealed that
    1. Smoking, and
    2. Raised cholesterol
    3. were found to have a consistent association with degenerative lower back pain.

Their conclusions were that atherosclerosis and stenosis of the aorta and the feeding arteries of the lumbar spine were associated with degenerative disc disease and lower back pain.

Damage to the inner lining of the artery, called the intima, is a deadly disease. The best cure is prevention. However there is much to be done once atherosclerosis has begun.

First you must get your cholesterol down if it's raised. The easiest is to eat certain fibre rich foods, and the most delicious you can get from this eggplant recipes link.

Some unknown substance in brinjals, as we call them, known in Europe as aubergine, has been proved to lower the bad fraction of cholesterol.

Secondly, a glass of red wine is a helper; read more from these cholesterol alcohol links. The omega 3 in fatty fish, and olive oil are also known anti inflammatories of vascular disease.



In the absence of a diet rich in certain minerals and vitamins, a very toxic, inflammatory amino acid, homocysteine, builds up in body. HOMOCYSTEINE CARDIOVASCULAR effects are particularly noxious as inflammation occurs in the blood vessels increasing the risk of stroke, heart disease and in particular in this instance an increase in low back pain.

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Leg pain

There are many causes of leg pain obviously. Here are a few other of the more common causes that you might like to consider. LEG PAIN ...


Lower back pain in the elderly is an anathema, a complex syndrome related to old injury, tissues starved of oxygen for one reason or another. Immobilisation Arthritis is a condition where arthritis flourishes in an environment where the joints are chronically fixated. IMMOBILISATION ARTHRITIS ...

Poor diet, smoking, lack of exercise, a leg length deficiency (short leg) causing a scoliosis... the causes are legend.

Despite all this, there is strong research (including medical research) that manipulation and mobilisation is what really helps lower back pain, even chronic lower back pain in the elderly. Even when there is advanced arthritis... ARTHRITIS IN LOWER BACK ...


This little book by Allen Carr is a winner. His success story could be yours too. STOP SMOKING PERMANENTLY by Allen Carr...

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Leg pain assoicated with Aortic atheromatous disease. Intermittent Claudication ...

Intermittent claudication
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Physical Therapists providing a Chiropractic adjustment?

Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.

It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.

In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.

Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?

The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.

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