Back Pain Progression & Prevention
A number of things change as you age, including career status, finances, and family and friends. While most changes that occur due to aging are positive, some can be negative, especially when they relate to one’s health. Among the most common health problems that adults face as they get older is back pain, but thankfully, there are a number of preventative measures you can take to stop back pain before it starts, including stretching and regular exercise. Of course, before you begin any type of exercise regimen, it’s important to have your doctor complete a full orthopedic exam to ensure that you’re healthy and not at risk for damaging your back.
Understanding Back Pain
As one of the largest segments of the human body, the back is made up of a complex network of bones, muscles, organs, ligaments, tendons, and joints, all of which can lead to back pain. Often, back pain is not caused by one single item on the list, but instead, it is linked several different factors working in conjunction with one another. For example, if your back muscles are weak, the weight of your body then gets shifted to your spine. This, in turn, can cause pressure on the discs in your spine, causing pain. As a result, it’s important to see our orthopedic specialist if you’re experiencing back pain to identify exactly what is causing the problem.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Speaking of spinal discs, they are often prime targets for pain as people age. As people reach middle age and into their senior years, wear and tear on spinal discs can take its toll. When a disc has experienced a certain amount of wear and tear, it can begin to degenerate. The good news is that many people facing degenerative disc disease will see improvement of this disorder over time with proper home care, but if medical intervention is necessary to correct the problem, there are a variety of minimally-invasive back surgery solutions available.
Treatment and Diagnostics
If you’re concerned about back pain as you age, or if you’ve noticed an increase in back pain as you’ve gotten older, contact Advanced Spine & Orthopedics in Frisco, TX. The orthopedic specialists at Advanced Spine & Orthopedics provide enhanced diagnostic services to target the exact cause of patients’ back pain, and they also offer a number of surgical and non-surgical solutions to relieve back pain, neck pain, hip pain, and other orthopedic pain related to the back.