A carefully guided needle capable of transferring radiowaves can be inserted to block painful nerve signals using high-frequency current. This may relieve chronic back pain for nine months or longer in carefully selected people. Stimulating a portion of the spinal cord can change the perception of pain in some people.
These mask or divert pain signals so that they don’t reach the brain. This outpatient procedure specifically treats lumbar spinal stenosis caused by ligamentous tissue overgrowth. It is performed through a tiny incision requiring no general anesthesia and no stitches. This procedure can be used in specialized cases when an acute spine fracture inhibits function.
Mayer. When such measures fail, a limited number of people may benefit from surgery for chronic age-related back pain. Share .
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We hear it all the time: I’m getting older, so it’s normal to have aches and pains. But is it really? At Healthy Life Family Medicine, John Monroe, MD, and our team can help you understand what’s normal when it comes to your back pain and how to reduce your chances of this common problem.
And, unfortunately, your chances of having back pain — especially in the lower part of your back — only increase as you grow older. That’s because the aging process leads to specific changes within your spine. Your spinal column consists of 33 bones called vertebrae. You have a rubbery pad, or intervertebral disc, in between each of these bones that cushions your vertebrae and keeps them from rubbing against each other.
As you grow older, your intervertebral discs begin drying out, wearing away, and shrinking. When this happens, you can start experiencing more stiffness and pain in your back as your vertebrae start rubbing against each other. It’s also common for the area around your spinal cord to grow more narrow.
Other age-related changes in your back that can cause pain include: Arthritis Osteoporosis, or loss of bone mass Loss of muscle strength or elasticity These expected changes can make mild aches or pains in your back a normal part of the aging process. But they shouldn’t be debilitating, and it doesn’t mean they’re inevitable.
Now, we understand that it’s crucial to move your body and strengthen back and abdominal muscles to help keep discomfort at bay. Regular exercise not only reduces your risk of age-related back pain, but it can also prevent additional deterioration if damage already exists. In addition to engaging in regular exercise and strength training, you can also keep your spine healthy by: Maintaining a healthy weight Consuming a nutritious diet Quitting smoking Avoiding activities that can cause back strain or injury Practicing good posture, body mechanics, and ergonomics Following good sleeping habits Learning to manage stress When you’re having back pain — even if it seems mild — you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible to get an accurate diagnosis.
To learn more about age-related back pain, contact us by calling Healthy Life Family Medicine or booking an appointment online today.
Believe it or not, by 2056 there will be more senior citizens than kids according to the U.S. Census. Truly, the aging population is on the rise. The Census also estimates that by 2029 the over-65 crowd will comprise 20% of the total population. And as we age, so do our spines.