Back pain doesn’t improve with time. The older we get, the worse it gets without proper treatment. With time, the spine wears down. The different components, the joints, the discs and bones, they all get weaker.
Nerve pain is highly unpleasant. With age, discs in the neck and back can degenerate, causing them to herniate or pop out and press on nerves. Enlarged joints and ligaments can also cause nerve pain.
Most back problems are candidates for nonsurgical treatment. Treatment often involves physical therapy and/or osteopathy. Often, just relearning how to stand and walk correctly can greatly improve people’s neck and back symptoms. In many people with back pain, core, hip and leg muscle weakness is common. Therefore, exercise needs to be ongoing to be effective. That’s where we at Spine Health and Back Pain Centre can provide enormous help: healing without surgery.
Think of exercise as brushing and flossing of your teeth. Long-term maintenance of a home programme is really important. Because while pills might mask the pain, appropriate treatment, exercise and physical training can improve it.