The Aging Spine

Getting older is as safe as death and taxes. It is a natural phenomenon and no one is exempt from it. When you are thirty you may already feel some changes in your feeling and appearance. Not only do they mature mentally, but their physical appearance also changes significantly. These physical changes often leave many women with consciousness and insecurity, especially when it comes to their faces. Some get hysterical when they see fine lines on the sides of their eyes or when they see a single strand of gray hair.

More than just worrying that aging affects physical beauty, women should also be concerned about how bones become weak with age. As women get older, the density of their bones decreases sharply. Pain is usually felt in different parts of the body, including the lower back. One of the most common causes of back pain and also one of the most commonly misunderstood bone diseases is Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). Degenerative intervertebral disc disease is not really a disease, but a term used to describe the normal changes in your intervertebral discs as you age. Intervertebral discs are soft, compressible intervertebral discs that separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. The disks act as shock absorbers for the spine and allow it to bend, bend and twist. Degenerative intervertebral disc disease can occur in the entire spine, but most often occurs in the intervertebral discs in the lower back (lumbar spine) and in the neck (neck region).

Many patients have been diagnosed with back pain caused by the degenerative disc disease wondering exactly what this diagnosis means for them. With age, our intervertebral discs lose their flexibility, elasticity and shock-absorbing properties. The ligaments that surround the intervertebral disc, known as annulus fibrosis, become brittle and are easier to tear. At the same time, the soft, gel-like center of the disc, known as the nucleus pulposus, begins to dry out and shrink. The combination of damage to the intervertebral discs, the development of bone spurs and a gradual thickening of the ligaments supporting the spine can contribute to degenerative arthritis of the lumbar spine.

The pain usually occurs near the intervertebral disc at the position of the affected disc. An affected intervertebral disc in the neck area can lead to neck or arm pain, while an affected intervertebral disc in the lower back area can cause back, buttock or leg pain can lead. The pain is often made worse by movements such as stooping, standing up, or twisting. The pain can start after a serious injury, such as being injured in a car accident, or after a minor injury such as falling down a flight of stairs. It can also start gradually without any known reason and worsen over time. In some cases, numbness or tingling in the leg or arm may occur.

Degenerative disc disease is diagnosed after a thorough examination of a patient, his medical history and the results of a physical examination. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, injuries or illnesses, previous treatments, habits, and activities that may cause pain in the neck, arms, back, buttocks, or legs. Then your doctor will give you treatment options that match your physical condition. First, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are prescribed. Exercise programs to strengthen the abdominal and spinal muscles, improve aerobic fitness and reduce lordosis (Swayback) are also required to relieve the symptoms. Surgery is only offered after physiotherapy, rest, and medication have not sufficiently relieved the symptoms of pain, numbness, and weakness over a long period of time. Further treatment depends on whether the damaged intervertebral disc has deteriorated to osteoarthritis, herniated disc or stenosis of the spine.

People between the ages of 20 and 30 may already have had some structural changes in their intervertebral discs. With increasing aging processes, the prevalence of DDD increases. As we get older there is a lot of pressure and we will continue to experience changes in our body, mind and emotions – all of this is just a natural process.

By being aware and at peace with them, changes in life are better able to deal with the loss or decrease in physical strength and beauty. We can still live a normal and healthy life in old age as we can take other measures to avoid illness or relieve pain. Indeed, we would do well to accept change as it is part of human growth. and if we don’t grow, we don’t really live.

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