February 22, 2013
Bo Headlam MD
Almost everyone will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. This pain can vary from mild to severe. It can be short-lived or long-lasting. However it happens, low back pain can make many everyday activities difficult to do.
There are many causes of low back pain. It sometimes occurs after a specific movement such as lifting or bending. Just getting older also plays a role in many back conditions.
As we age, our spine ages with us. Aging causes degenerative changes in the spine. These changes can start in our 30s — or even younger — and can make us prone to back pain, especially if we overdo our activities.
These aging changes, however, do not keep most people from leading productive, and generally, pain-free lives.
Back pain varies. It may be sharp or stabbing. It can be dull, achy, or feel like a “charley horse” type cramp.
Some people with low back pain may experience some of the following:
Regardless of your age or symptoms, if your back pain does not get better within a few weeks, or is associated with fever, chills, or unexpected weight loss, you should call your doctor.
It may not be possible to prevent low back, hip, or knee pain. We cannot avoid the normal wear and tear on our bodies that goes along with aging. But there are things we can do to lessen the impact of low back, hip, or knee problems. Having a healthy lifestyle is a good start:
Bo Headlam, MD is an Interventional Pain Medicine specialist at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He treats back pain, neck pain, headaches, and pain in all other parts of the body using injections and other pain procedures. He can be reached at 740-356-6808.