Low Back Pain in Older Adults

While pain when you grow older something that many adults experience, these conditions can also affect young adults. However, individuals on average over the age of 60 are much more likely to suffer from pain that is directly correlated to the degeneration of the joints in your spine. And the following article we will take a look at some of the most common causes of low back pain in older adults.

Symptoms

The two most common causes of low back pain are osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. The symptoms of this low back pain and stiffness can include one or any of the combinations of the symptoms below:

  • Pain interrupting sleep
  • Pain that is most pronounced early in the morning or toward the end of the day
  • Tenderness when the affected area is pressed
  • Aching, steady or intermittent pain in your lower back that becomes aggravated from extended activity
  • Stiffness or a loss of flexibility in your back (for example, an inability to bend comfortably at the waist)

Facet Joint Osteoarthritis

Facet joint osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis in the spine. This condition most commonly develops gradually over a long period of time, and the pain is caused by a breakdown of the cartilage in between facet joints in the spine.

Spinal Compression Fracture

In the case of a spinal compression fracture, this possibility should be mostly considered after the onset of back pain in adults over 50. This is most common in post-menopausal women with osteoporosis and men or women after long-term corticosteroid use.

Low back pain is something that nobody should have to live with long term. If you still have questions about pain in your lower back, or if you would finally like to do something about it, at Bellaire ER in Bellaire, TX, we are ready and willing to see you if you have or are currently experiencing a lower back pain emergency. Keep your clinics number in your phone to avoid scouring the internet for our information when you need it the most, during an emergency!