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Aches and Pains You’ll Experience as You Age and How to Treat Them

Senior woman sitting on couch grabbing knee and in painBy Anica Oaks

People often decry the problems of getting older, but there are also a number of benefits. Even so, taking care of your physical health and well being becomes even more important as you enter the senior years. You may experience a number of aches and pains that affect your ability to perform tasks or enjoy your usual activities. Here are a few common problems and what you can do to minimize them:

Back Pain

Osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions can affect the spinal vertebrae, making pain and stiffness more common. Seniors should avoid back strains by using lifting equipment or asking for help with moving heavy objects. If you are concerned about taking strong medications for pain or undergoing invasive surgical procedures, consider going to a chiropractor for relief. These highly trained healthcare professionals offer an alternative method of dealing with back problems.

Neck Pain

The stiffness in the neck and poor range of motion can make everyday actions difficult or even impossible. Arthritis and disc problems of the upper spine can make neck pain more likely. Experiment with different types of pillows to find one that provides the right support for you. If you use the computer frequently, keep the monitor screen at eye level. Try to limit the time you bend your head over a smartphone. If you have neck pain, alternate cold and heat packs for 20 minutes several times a day. Over the counter NSAIDS pain relievers can offer relief from discomfort.

Knee & Hip Pain

Joint pain is a common problem in older individuals. It occurs due to wear and tear on cartilage that acts as a cushion between bones in the joints. Pain in the knee or hip can become chronic and can negatively impact your ability to walk and move. A number of remedies are available for joint pain, including treatment by a chiropractor, supplements and physical therapy.

Pinched Nerves

Pinched nerves can result in chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, lower back or down the legs. These problems often result from muscle strain or compression on nerves from misaligned vertebrae. Hot and cold compresses can help to relieve discomfort. Massage can also provide relief.

 

A little extra care is often needed when performing tasks to avoid causing these common aches and pains as you age. When you find you have overdone an activity, prompt self-care can help to relieve discomfort and prevent further injury. Feel free to call on a health professional for additional help whenever needed, to maintain good function as you age.

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