- Bladder or bowel incontinence
- Unexplained weight loss
What causes back & neck pain in seniors?
One of the most common causes of back and neck pain among seniors is degenerative disc disease. There are 23 discs within the spine, and they’re responsible for holding the spinal vertebrae together, absorbing shocks and allowing for bending and twisting. As we get older, these discs tend to dry out, which inhibits their ability to cushion the spine. They also tend to develop small tears in their outer wall, which can lead to disc herniation and a number of other issues. And because blood doesn’t travel to the spinal discs, the discs cannot repair themselves. Almost everyone experiences disc degeneration to some extent, although it doesn’t always cause pain.
Other common causes of back and neck pain among the elderly population include:
- Bone spurs
- Muscle strain
- Spinal compression fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Spinal infection
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal tumors
If left untreated
If your elderly loved one is living with back or neck pain and at-home remedies haven’t provided sufficient relief, it’s important that he or she promptly seeks treatment. Failing to treat back and neck pain can aggravate the underlying condition and lead to the development of additional issues. Leaving a herniated disc untreated, for instance, can result in permanent nerve damage. Plus, living with chronic pain can make it difficult to sleep, cause depression, and lead to an overall decrease in quality of life.
Luckily, thanks to DispatchHealth, arranging treatment for your elderly loved one’s back and neck pain is easy. Contact us today to request care for non-life-threatening conditions—you can reach us over the phone, via our mobile app, or through our website.