Degenerative Disk Lower Back Pain Over 40

When you hit the 40 mark you get to the point that you are feeling that lower back stiffness—even if you don’t have the back pain—yet! Not to say that it will definitely come—not everyone has to have back pain but the stiffness is a precursor of it most times.

Why we have back pain at a certain age:

For some, this is the age where if we have degenerative disk issues, we start to feel it. A genetic influence is present in most cases but not in all. Around age 40 we start to feel it because our backs are starting to burn-out from all the activity—or as in most cases—the inactivity from our 30’s. This is the time we are engaged more in our careers which will take their toll on our bodies. This is from either too sedentary an occupation or too blue collar industrial a career. Both affect the lower back because it bares the weight of our center of gravity.

Symptoms of lower back issues:

The symptoms of lower back issues can vary but degenerative disk issues are not always marked by serious or sharp pain. Normally, prior to diagnosis, it is mistaken for lower back strain because it is a deep sort of ache. This is just seriously annoying and frustrating to people. At least 30% of people between the ages of 30 and 50 will experience degenerative disc issues. ‘

How does degenerative disc happen apart from genetics?

Even with genetics as a contributing factor—you almost need to have an injury of some sort to the area to start what is called a degenerative cascade. This injury can be relatively insignificant and the person may not even remember it happening. This makes the disc issue harder to pinpoint. Disc injury may show up literally years after the initial injury. That’s what makes degenerative issues so illusive—because you can literally ride a roller coaster or a dirt bike and cause a minor compression injury and viola, you’ve started a degenerative cascade.

What does it take to heal a degenerative disc issue:

Other areas can heal without having a sufficient blood flow to the area but the discs in the back can’t. Most of the time—unless the person seeks alternative treatment—or unless the injury is too serious—surgery is the treatment of choice. However, if the discs are in the beginning stages of degeneration or the injury sustained was not that serious—yoga and decompression exercises to generate blood flow to the area and stretch the spine to relieve pressure is a very effective choice. Alternative treatment has gained popularity in the last decade or so and more and more doctors are prescribing yoga and other alternative decompression therapies. Most of the time you can be cleared to do a low impact yoga such as Hatha yoga or Namaste yoga for the benefit of the degeneration process. Though this will help immensely, there has been no real clinical proof that it will prevent or reverse the situation.

Phyllis Kentleton

Phyllis Kentleton is a professional copywriter and web content creator with a former medical background as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a specialization in Alzheimer's and Dementia care. She owns a Facebook community that supports writers and artists in the state of Florida.