Do you suffer from chronic back pain? Have you noticed that pain getting worse as you get older? Many adults experience back pain – particularly lower back pain – over the course of their lives, and it isn’t uncommon for the pain to deteriorate with age. Some people experience back pain in worse ways than others.
Why your back hurts
There can be many reasons why your back hurts. Only an evaluation at the clinic, along with an analysis of your medical history, can determine the source of pain. But some movements and activities are known to cause pain. As we get older, even simple movements such as bending over, sneezing or coughing, or sleeping in a funny way can cause back pain. Most people start to notice worsening back pain between 40 and 60. Some people start experiencing back pain as young as 30, depending on lifestyle.
Many people have a tendency to push themselves to do the same physical exercises or sports at which they excelled when they were younger. But bending, twisting, heavy lifting, or running can worsen back pain and potentially cause long-term damage if you aren’t careful.
Common causes of lower back pain
Though “getting older” may be the reason for most back pain, you could also have pain from the following causes:
- Joint inflammation or dysfunction
- Herniated discs
- Lumbar facet syndrome
- Sprained ligaments
You may require a thorough examination to evaluate all the workings of your back to be able to determine the exact cause of pain or discomfort.
When to see a doctor
If your back pain is severe enough that rest, heat compresses, or over-the-counter pain medications no longer work, you should make an appointment right away. Also cause for concern:
- Decreased mobility
- Shooting pains in your legs
- Tingling, numbness, or weakness in your limbs
- Worsening pain at night
Not treating your back pain could mean losing your mobility over time. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication, steroid injections, or physical therapy to help make the pain as manageable as possible.
Learn more about managing your lower back pain
If you’re concerned about worsening back pain, don’t wait. Start feeling better today. Call Premier Chiropractic for an appointment at 281-223-1172. You can also book an appointment online.