The Connection between Back Pain and Aging
It’s natural for our bones and joints to deteriorate with the time which causes inflammation and stiffness. There’s this misconception that with aging comes back pain. Although back pain is very prominent amongst the elderly, it’s not inevitable. If you adopt a healthy lifestyle earlier on, you live through your senior years with little to no issues with your back!
Research has shown that the number of people living with chronic back pain has increased over the years. Due to poor diets and inactive lifestyles, it may appear that back pain in your senior years is unavoidable. But if you narrow down the most prevalent causes of back pain, you’ll begin to understand that there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of developing back pain.
Common causes of back pain
The most common causes of back pain include smoking, poor diet, smoking and being overweight.
The reason aging is so often linked to back pain is that back pain is prevalent amongst older people. With that being said, it’s important to note that the back pain isn’t caused by aging. Back pain is a result of how they lived life in their younger years.
The way we use our backs in our daily lives affects the health of our spine in the future.
What triggers back pain?
The spine is made of individual bone structures named vertebrae. The vertebrae are placed on top of each other to create the spine. In between each vertebra we have tiny joints, disks and a jelly-like substance that absorbs shock from external forces. The substance also prevents the bone structures from scraping each other.
As we grow older, the spinal disks placed between each vertebra begin to erode and the bone structures rub against each other causing pain.
The surrounding area of the spine also becomes narrow with time; therefore, there is more pressure on the spine and its nerves, further enhancing the pain.
Lastly, conditions like osteoporosis lessen reduce bone mass, further worsening back pain.
How can back pain be prevented?
Being a healthy and active individual will sufficiently reduce the risks of developing back pain.
Here are a few things that can help:
- Correct your posture so you’re the weight of your body is equally divided throughout your spine.
- Maintain a balanced diet to stay at a healthy weight.
- Reverse the damage to your spine via exercise, massage therapy, using a posture brace, etc.
Treating back pain
The best treatment for your back pain will depend on the intensity of the condition. In the majority of cases, back pain can be treated with pain anti-inflammatory medication and physiotherapy. When they don’t work, the physician may refer you to a chiropractor for spinal adjustments.
In severe you will have to consult a spinal surgeon. There are some minimally spinal surgeries available that are known to alleviate pain.
Endoscopic Laser Surgery
Endoscopic Laser Surgery is a minimally-invasive laser spine surgery in which a laser is used to remove tissue around the spine that may is causing pain.
The biggest benefit of laser spine surgery is that it requires no recovery time or hospitalization; patients can back to their regular lives in a matter of hours.
If you live in Chicago and think you can benefit from laser spine surgery, call Laser Spine Center of Chicago at 708-966-8000 to book an appointment.