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Aging and the Emergence of Back Pain

When we think of back pain, many of us think of an elderly person hunched over a cane while loudly proclaiming, “Oh, my aching back!” While back pain is not exclusive to older people, there are reasons we typically associate back pain with aging. Like many other structures of the body, the spine degenerates as we age. The intervertebral discs of the spine act as ‘shock absorbers’ and are mostly made of water. This water content is what provides a healthy disc with its amazing strength and pliability. In fact, a well-hydrated disc is even stronger than the bony vertebrae it cushions. These discs are especially vulnerable to breakdown since they begin to lose much of their water content as the years go by. When a disc dries out, it begins to lose its ability to adequately support the rest of the body, causing a ‘weight bearing shift’ toward the more vulnerable bones, nerves, and facet joints of the spine. Often this is just one of many factors that contribute to the onset of back pain conditions like herniated discs, bulging discs, and spinal stenosis.

The forces of gravity and disc dehydration often work in tandem, increasing the internal pressure of the disc. This pressure blocks the natural flow of nourishing blood and nutrients, preventing the disc from repairing itself. Spinal decompression can treat damage done to disc structures by gradually releasing this constant internal pressure. This action stimulates the natural flow of nutrients back into the disc material, both strengthening it and taking pressure off of other spinal structures. The end result is pain relief and a return to a normal, functional lifestyle

At Living Well Medical in NYC, we utilize spinal decompression as part of a comprehensive protocol to treat a wide range of spinal conditions. Our practice treats conditions like herniated discs, bulging discs, slipped discs, and spinal stenosis by addressing the symptoms, correcting the root causes, and preventing any recurrence of injury. If lower back pain is affecting your quality of life, Living Well Medical in NYC can provide relief. Call us and schedule your appointment today.

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