7 Back Pain Conditions That Mainly Affect Women


When it comes to back problems, women often have to suffer more pain than men. This is because they have a different pelvic structure, hormones, and the responsibility of bringing a baby to life. Here are 7 most common type of back pain that mainly affect women:

Tailbone pain

Tailbone pain may come slowly and or out of the blue after an impact to the area. Even touching it causes you pain, so it may turn sitting into a painful activity. Tailbone pain intensifies with constipation. Thankfully, the pain is often relieved after each bowel movement. Most of the time, tailbone pain is caused by childbirth or falling backward.

Compression fracture

Osteoporosis may cause your spinal bone to break, resulting in a compression fracture. Compression fractures are most commonly found in the front of the spine. While many people experience intense pain with a compression fracture, some may not feel anything. A compression fracture may lead to a hump back and reduced height.

Degenerative spondylolisthesis

Degenerative spondylolisthesis occurs when one of the vertebraes in your lower back moves forward over the one below it. This irritates the spinal nerve root, leading to lower back and leg pain. Common symptoms of degenerative spondylolisthesis include leg pain or weakness that happens during long periods of walking or standing. The pain may be severe enough to interfere with your daily activities.


Fibromyalgia is characterized by muscle pain, stiffness, and fatigue in the upper and lower back, neck, and hips. Pain caused by fibromyalgia may come and go frequently. Arthritis, depression, and irritable bowel syndrome usually coexist with fibromyalgia. Approximately 80% to 90% of fibromyalgia sufferers are women between age 40 and 75.

Piriformis syndrome

Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle (which is in charge of stabilizing your hip joint and enabling thigh rotation) spasms and pushes against or irritates the sciatic nerve. This can cause severe pain, or numbness in your legs and feet. Other symptoms of piriformis syndrome are a dull ache in your bottoms, pain when moving up a stair or hill, and pain in one side of your body while sitting.

Spinal osteoarthritis

Those with spinal osteoarthritis experience the degeneration of the fibrous cartilage in the facet joints connecting your vertebrae. As your bones lose the cushioning from your cartilage, they rub against each other, causing pain and stiffness. Spinal osteoarthritis develops over time. Early symptoms of this condition are often mistaken as muscle pain.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

As the name suggests, sacroiliac joint dysfunction occurs when something goes wrong with the sacroiliac joint – the sock absorber between your upper body and your pelvis. This condition causes pain in the lower back an leg that mimic pain caused by sciatica. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is more common in young and middle-aged women.

Dealing with back pain – a guide for women

Not only are women more likely to get back pain, their symtoms are also more severe. It’s important to recognize the pain and take care of it early. Most of the pain from these problems can be relieved with painkillers. NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are a good starting point. Besides easing pain, NSAIDs also reduce fever and swelling. So, if you are dealing with back pain, you may want to try an NSAID first. However, it’s best to consult with your doctor because everyone’s body reacts differently.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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