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Sacroiliac Dysfunction (Inflammation of the Sacroiliac Joint)

Inflammation of the sacroiliac joints (the joint joining the pelvis and the spine) is not uncommon as an isolated condition among athletes who pursue winter sports. It can also be part of generalized disease, such as Bechterew’s disease. In sports, sudden violent contractions of the hamstrings or abdominal muscles with severe direct load to the […]

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis, also known as Bechterew’s disease or pelvospondylitis ossificans, mainly affects the sacroiliac joint, the joints between the vertebral arches and the anterior long ligament of the spine, which may gradually ossify. It usually afflicts young and middle-aged men and should be suspected in cases of chronic, but not severe, pain in the lumbar […]

Facet Joint Syndrome

The joints between the vertebral arches, the intervertebral facet joints, are oriented in such a way that they reduce the rotation capability of the vertebrae. If there were no facet joints the disks would wear out more quickly as a result of rotatory movement in the spine. When the disks are affected by age-related degenerative […]

Sciatica, Herniated Disk (‘Slipped Disk’)

Pain that radiates from the lower back down one or other leg is known as sciatica. It is often exacerbated by exertion, coughing, sneezing, or straining. One of its most common causes is a ‘slipped disk’ which exerts pressure on one of the roots of the sciatic nerve, and it can also be triggered by […]

Low Back Pain (Lumbago)

Low back pain can occur in connection with most sports, and its precise cause is unknown. Acute lumbago mainly affects those aged 30–40 years.

Symptoms and diagnosis

– The symptoms often appear after lifting a heavy object or turning rapidly, but can also occur without previous exertion. – The pain is usually located in the […]

Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

Fractures of thoracic and lumbar vertebrae

Fractures of vertebrae in the thoracic and lumbar regions are uncommon in sports, but can occur in riders, alpine skiers, ski-jumpers, and participants in contact sports

Symptoms and diagnosis

– Severe pain is felt at the site of the fracture. – Pain is triggered by any back movement. – […]

Back Pain

The most common site of back pain is the lower back or lumbar region. The lower back bears the weight of the upper body plus any weight that is carrying. It also twists and bends more than the upper back. The following factors can increase the risk for back problems:

1. Ageing. Discs begin gradual […]