Menopause linked to lower back pain

A new study has suggested that menopause is associated with the severity of disc degeneration in the lumbar spine.

The research was conducted by a group of researchers in China and have been published in an article in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

According to the study, current evidence strongly supports the part oestrogen deficiency plays in disc degeneration, as well as the benefits of hormone therapy on the total lumbar disc height in postmenopausal women.

Many studies have previously investigated the association between menopause and lumbar disc degeneration; however, the new study detailed is the first known to include a portion of age-matched men as a comparison group.

The most dramatic difference was seen in the first 15 years after the onset of menopause, according to the researchers. However, they added that further studies are needed to determine whether age or menopause plays a more important role in the progression of disc degeneration in the lumbar spine.

Dr JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of NAMS, said: "This study shows that menopause is associated with more severe disc degeneration. Prevention of disc degeneration of the lumbar spine may be another potential benefit for symptomatic menopausal women who may be candidates for hormone therapy."ADNFCR-2094-ID-801836862-ADNFCR