As we age, it is unavoidable to experience some additional aches and pains. We talked before about the importance of oral health as we age as well as taking care of your brain as a senior, but what about your spine? Your aging spine can be affected by various spinal disorders which can be painful and may limit the enjoyment you get out of life. Is there anything you can do? Thankfully, there is!
If you already suffer from back pain, finding the support of a live-in care provider or home care assistance can really help. Having someone to assist you in completing everyday tasks can alleviate strain and pressure on your spine, and leave you feeling better to participate in the things you enjoy.
Spinal Disorders Common In Seniors
If you are feeling pain and discomfort in your back, chances are that one of these spinal disorders is to be blamed. Make the time to see your healthcare provider help diagnose your issues and create a treatment plan.
Over time, the discs in your spine between your vertebrae get worn down, causing your bones to rub against each other. This can lead to stiffness and intermittent back pain.
As your discs degenerate, they cause narrowing of the spinal canal. This can cause pressure to develop on your spinal cord and “pinch” your nerves. While stenosis may result in low back pain, it can also cause numbness or weakness in your legs.
Deteriorated Joints – Arthritis
Arthritis is a common problem for many older adults and can occur in the bones that make up your spine.
As you age, you lose bone density which can result in osteoporosis. This condition is most common in woman. The bones in your back become frail and fractures can happen easily.
Tips For A Healthy Spine
As much as we might like to, we can’t stop the aging process. However, there are many things you can do to support your spine and keep it as healthy as possible. It is a good idea to have a bone density tests done as the results can alert you and your doctor to impending problems that may affect the bones in your spine.
If you have live in care or the support of home caregiver, talk to them about your desire to improve your spine health. Home care assistance can make it easier for seniors to implement and stick with changes that support their health and wellbeing.
Here are some tips on how to support a healthy spine as you age:
- Maintain a healthy weight by eating a healthy diet.
- Practice good posture.
- Exercise on a routine basis including exercises to strengthen your core muscles.
- Take precautions to protect yourself from accidental slip and fall injuries.
- Talk to your doctor about over-the-counter or prescribed medications for controlling pain and inflammation.
- Invest in ergonomic furniture that supports back health – chairs, mattresses, etc.
- Avoid lifting objects that are heavier than 25% of your own body weight.
Sometimes it can feel overwhelming when it comes to making sure you are doing the best you can to support your health as you age. Seeking help and support can be a very positive change and can create improvements in quality of life. iCare Home Health is a premier health care service providing elderly care in Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga and surrounding areas. We commit to bringing the most caring people into your home and know that our services can help you continue to live happily and independently. Contact us at (905) 491-6941 to book your free assessment.