Is Back Pain Inevitable As I Age?

Nothing slows a person down faster than back pain, and there’s no shortage of people who know this firsthand. Back pain is common enough that it affects half of all working Americans every year. But does that mean it’s only a matter of time before it leaves you stranded on the sidelines?

We understand that when your back hurts, even the simplest tasks can become impossible. As a father-and-son team, Dr. Tim Dunagan and Dr. Brian Dunagan specialize in family wellness and spine care at Grand Island Chiropractic Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. 

With more than 30 years of combined experience, they offer a personalized approach to treating and preventing disc problems at every age. With their cutting-edge chiropractic techniques and therapies, you’ll be back on your feet and free of back pain in no time. 

Here’s what you need to know about back pain and the aging process.

Getting to the root of back pain

Back pain is a pervasive problem, high on the list of reasons for missed days at work. 

Your back is a complex structure containing your spine and many joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. If you have a problem with any of these parts, you can experience pain.

Some common causes of back pain are:

There are many other issues and injuries that can trigger back pain. The only way to discover the exact source of your back pain is through a physical examination and a diagnosis by a medical provider.

Back pain and aging

Back pain becomes more common with age for a variety of reasons. First, the discs separating your vertebrae start wearing down because they dry out and shrink. This condition is known as degenerative disc disease. While these changes are a normal part of aging, you can significantly slow down the process with healthy weight management and engaging in regular exercise.

Age is also a major factor in the development of other conditions that cause back pain, like spinal osteoarthritis, stenosis, and sciatica, because of age-related wear and tear on your spine. As experts in the spine and disc problems, Dr. Tim Dunagan and Dr. Brian Dunagan can identify these conditions in their early stages, which can minimize your discomfort while also slowing the progress of degradation. 

Finding relief for back pain

Once the doctors have identified the cause of your back pain, they can develop a personalized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms while also addressing the underlying reasons for your pain. 

The doctors use a variety of gentle and highly effective adjustment techniques to restore function and alignment to your body. Some of their more popular therapies include:

They also offer treatments with electrical muscle stimulation, cold beam laser, and ultrasound.

With precise and careful management, you don’t have to accept and live with back pain. The key is being under the supervision of a spine specialist who knows your medical history and provides a carefully developed treatment plan that manages your conditions and prevents them from worsening. 

At Grand Island Chiropractic Center, Dr. Tim Dunagan and Dr. Brian Dunagan take the time to understand what you’re experiencing so they can find treatment options that address your symptoms while also treating your underlying conditions.

Back pain can make it hard to get through your day and do the things you love. But it’s not a normal part of aging. By properly managing any injuries or conditions you may have, you can live a comfortable and healthy life, doing all of the things you want to do.

To set up an appointment at Grand Island Chiropractic Center, contact our office by calling 308-381-1312 or use our handy online booking tool to request a time that works for you. 

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