This patient is 54 years of age. While he suffers from mild to moderate low back pain over the years, the patient presents with severe pain. His family history shows that all of his grandparents had suffered from arthritis. Advil and Tylenol were once useful. Tylenol does not treat joint pain. However, it can provide pain relief up to 8 hours. Low back mobility is what causes all of the symptoms. The discomfort is exacerbated by any tension placed on the vertebral joints.
The patient does not have any symptoms that could be linked directly to hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Since both of the patients’ parents are affected by this form of arthritis due to the collagen gene mutations, it is possible that they have a family history. Jeffries (1999, p. 62) suggests that 40-60 percent of osteoarthritis could be due to genetic causes. However, the patient has not been diagnosed with any drug addictions or taken any medications which might trigger these symptoms. To confirm osteoarthritis symptoms, Lumbar Xrays may be performed. These x-rays show a narrowing of the disc space and also spurred vertebral body.
Since a person with a history of arthritis in their family should suggest that they may be at risk, I agree. The x-ray showed that manual labor may also have been a contributing factor to the degenerative type of lumbosacral joint arthritis. Because the patient’s discomfort has increased over time, it is likely that he/she has a chronic condition. The recommended medication may not be able to stop the illness from getting worse. However, it does not have a permanent cure.