Is Back Pain Normal As You Age?

From twisting and turning to bending over, a healthy back is essential for moving around. When your back hurts, everything is so much more difficult to do. Your back is made up of many complex parts that need to function together properly in order for you to be able to move comfortably.

Back pain is very common. At any given time, about 31 million Americans are experiencing back pain. For most people, back pain worsens with age due to a number of changes in your body that negatively impact your back’s components. 

At Pain Management Group in Mishawaka, Indiana, we help manage any pain you are experiencing. Dr. Ajit Pai is a compassionate, experienced pain management doctor. He finds the best solutions for your back pain, allowing you to live a full and functional life.

Why does back pain worsen as you age?

The most common reason for increasing back pain is wear and tear on your back, especially your spine, a complex system of many interconnected parts. Age-related issues include joint and disc degeneration, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis.

Degeneration in joints and discs

Your spine is made up of 33 spinal bones, or vertebrae, though some people have a slightly different number. There are discs between each of the vertebrae that allow your back to bend and twist. The discs act as shock absorbers between the bones.

These discs allow you to bend, twist, and flex your back without causing compression of your spine. However, as you age, these discs can shrink and lose their elasticity. As a result, you may experience inflammation and pain in your back. 

Spondylolisthesis

In spondylolisthesis, one or more of the lower vertebrae slips forward and makes contact with the bone directly below it. This can cause lower back pain and/or leg pain that can be severe when standing for long periods of time. Spondylolisthesis is treatable in most cases using surgical and therapeutic methods.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition that results from the narrowing of the spaces in your spine. This puts pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine, and can cause tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, and pain in your legs, buttocks, and back. Spinal stenosis can affect posture, as you may try to bend forward to release pressure on your back.

Complicating factors for back pain

Whatever the cause of your back pain, it can be complicated or worsened by:

While some of these factors are out of your control, others can be improved through lifestyle modifications.

Back pain can be incredibly uncomfortable and can make participation in activities you enjoy difficult. There are a number of things that can help relieve your pain, including medical pain management.

Whatever the cause of your back pain, at Pain Management Group, we can help! Call our office to set up an appointment today and get the help you need for your back pain.

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