Our bodies greet us with many aches and pains as we age. Our knees, shoulders, and hips remind us of father time’s presence. A common complaint among patients is an increase in back pain. More back pain can leave you searching for answers. It’s challenging to prevent age-related back pain, but you can take several steps to care for your spine as you age.
Back Pain Is Common
Having back pain can be scary and make you feel that you’re starting to age. No one wants to accept the fact that they are getting older. Back pain can be an uncomfortable reminder that your body is changing. Studies show that 85% percent of people experience back pain. Most people notice back pain in their 40s, and others have noticed it as young as 30.
Experiencing aches and pains as you age are signs your body is changing. Although it can be intimidating, it is part of the process.
But, if your back pain affects your quality of life, seeing a specialist can help you identify the cause and address it.
Practice Good Posture
Although back pain seems inevitable, there is much you can do to take care of your back and age gracefully. Poor posture when standing, slouching when sitting, and being inactive can wreak havoc on your spine. You can minimize some effects of your back aging by keeping an erect posture when standing and avoiding slouching when sitting. To avoid misaligning your spine, stabilize your spine by tucking in your pelvis when you move, sit and stand.
Maintain an Ideal Body Weight
A key factor in caring for your back is managing your weight. Being overweight can strain your spine and cause
- Herniated Discs
- Pinched Nerves
- Muscle Strains
- An arched back
Maintaining a healthy body weight can relieve the pressure on your spine, helping you to reduce aches and pains. By losing weight, you lessen the work your back has to do and keep it strong.
Let Us Help
If you have questions about maintaining your spinal health, call our NYC office today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Todd Albert at 212-606-1004.