Osteoarthrosis, spinal degenerative disease and other back pain syndromes



This is perhaps the commonest form of joint disease. Its prevalence is difficult to estimate accurately, but it is generally believed that about five million people in the United Kingdom are affected, causing a loss of 4.7 million days from work per year (Wood, 1976). Even so, it was not recognized as a separate entity until the last century. The archaic name arthritis deformans gave way to osteoarthritis; but, as it is widely regarded as a degenerative disease, the term osteoarthrosis has been in vogue during the last two decades. However, the simplistic concept of ‘wear and tear’ occurring in those of advancing years is no longer tenable as new evidence sheds light on the likely series of pathogenetic changes that take place in the joint.


Back Pain Nucleus Pulposus Osteoid Osteoma Epidural Injection Intestinal Calcium Absorption 
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