7 Back Pain Conditions That Affect Women

March 10, 2020 0 Comment
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7 Back Pain Conditions That Affect Women

Many women suffer from back pain and are often told it’s just a pinched nerve, but many back conditions affect only women or are more prominent in women. Here are 7 back pain conditions that could be affecting you.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

It is one of the more common causes of lower back pain and is caused by the joint that connects the bottom of your spine to your pelvis. These joints are usually smaller in women, which exposes them to more stress. Some symptoms are lower back pain, dull or achy pain directly over the buttock, and a sharp, stabbing, or shooting pain down your thigh.

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome usually mimics sciatica pain and originates from a large muscle deep within your buttocks. Women are more likely to be affected due to hormones and pregnancy. Symptoms include chronic pain in the buttock and hip area that is worsened by hip movements, pain when you get out of bed, inability to sit for a long time, and radiating pain in the back of your thigh and leg.

Spinal Osteoporosis Fractures

It is more often seen in post-menopausal women and causes bone density to decrease, making bone very brittle. Women may experience an acute, localized back pain that occurs in your mid-back or the region between the mid and lower back.

Spinal Osteoarthritis

Spinal Osteoarthritis is more commonly found in older or more heavily set women and is caused by facet joints (joints that connect your vertebrae) wearing down. As the rate of obesity increases, we see cases of Spinal Osteoarthritis increase that include pain in your upper or lower back, groin, buttocks, and thighs, back stiffness and pain in the morning, and occasional flares of severe pain. 

Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

It is most common in post-menopausal women because of their lower levels of estrogen, causing the ligaments that hold vertebrae together to loosen more and eventually the vertebra in your spine will slip over the one below it. Women suffering from this can feel lower back pain with radiating pain in your legs, pain while walking, and relief when bending forward.


Endometriosis can only affect women and isn’t pain coming from the back but is caused by the tissues of the uterus growing outside the womb. It’s symptoms are painful menstrual cycles, pain down south, and lower back pain during menstruation. Because hormones cause endometriosis patches to go through a cycle similar to the menstrual cycle, hormones also can be effective in treating endometriosis symptoms. 


Coccydynia or commonly known as a bruised tailbone can be really painful. Trust me, I know from experience. It’s caused mostly by trauma or injury and causes pain in your tailbone. It usually causes pain while sitting, as the tailbone acts as weight-bearing support while you sit.

Though all of these conditions sound pretty serious, they are manageable. Some can heal on their own while others require medical attention. Muscle Activation San Jose works with you and your condition to reach your goal of chronic pain relief or increase range of motion. We can also recommend a wonderful pillow for a bruised coccyx.

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