Is Back Pain Normal as You Age?

You can’t stop the hands of time, and growing older is unavoidable. Aging can bring new physical challenges, and among the chief complaints that people have when they’re getting older is back pain. 

Back pain is so common that it might seem like it’s a normal part of aging. In fact, 80% of people experience low back pain at some point in their lives. But while it’s common, it doesn’t mean back pain is an unavoidable part of getting old. 

At Beeson Regenerative Health in Portland, Oregon, we believe that pain doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of growing older. Many of our patients suffering from common causes of back pain, including arthritis and sciatica, find relief with our pain management expertise.

Request a consultation online or by phone today to find out how we can help you manage back pain as you age.

Aging often brings pain

Your back is a complex system of vertebrae, spinal discs, and nerves. It plays an important role in the function of your whole body and, over the years, it begins deteriorating. Back pain is a common symptom of simply growing older.

Spinal discs are jelly-like and they cushion your vertebrae, keeping bones from grinding against one another. Discs can slip out of place, bulge, or shrink. When discs get damaged, vertebrae can get inflamed or nerves can get pinched.

Arthritis can also cause back pain. Osteoarthritis, also known as wear-and-tear arthritis, develops as joints get older. More than 20 million Americans have it, and it can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Sciatica is another common cause of back pain. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body and it runs down your spine. When your sciatic nerve gets damaged or irritated, it can swell and cause pain in your back or legs. 

Finding pain management techniques that work for you

Our team understands that back pain can be very personal. We partner with you to determine the cause of your back pain and find treatment options that fit into your lifestyle. 

Regenerative medicine can be effective to manage osteoarthritis pain or back pain from damaged muscles. Other forms of restorative therapy, from chiropractic care to physical therapy and massage, can help relieve the aches and pains that come with age.

Our pain management team takes a holistic approach to aging and pain management, and our goal is to help you age comfortably without living a life in pain. Together, we can minimize pain associated with aging, preserve your mobility, and help you continue enjoying your life for years to come.

Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to live with back pain. Find personalized treatment options to help you live a pain-free life by booking a consultation with our team at Beeson Regenerative Health today.

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