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SECONDARY DISEASES OF THE SPINE: OLD AGE LOW BACKACHE

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Ageing causes osteoarthritic changes in the facet joints of the lumbar spine. These inflamed joints (caused by wear and tear) may hurt on their own. The discs of the lower lumbar vertebrae may degenerate and dry up. This causes the vertebrae to sit one on top of the other without the cushioned disc. The absence of discs may not cause any pain as such or else everyone who has had a disc-removal surgery would complain of severe pain. What one feels is stiffness and perhaps restriction of movement around that area.
One of the commonest forms of backache in the elderly is caused by scoliosis. Due to weakening or wasting of spinal muscles, the anti-gravitational force is reduced to the very minimum, and so the spine shrinks and acquires an S-shape configuration to maintain the vertical posture. Such deformations lead to irritation of nerve roots, muscular spasms etc, which generate pain.
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SECONDARY DISEASES OF THE SPINE: OLD AGE LOW BACKACHEAgeing causes osteoarthritic changes in the facet joints of the lumbar spine. These inflamed joints (caused by wear and tear) may hurt on their own. The discs of the lower lumbar vertebrae may degenerate and dry up. This causes the vertebrae to sit one on top of the other without the cushioned disc. The absence of discs may not cause any pain as such or else everyone who has had a disc-removal surgery would complain of severe pain. What one feels is stiffness and perhaps restriction of movement around that area.One of the commonest forms of backache in the elderly is caused by scoliosis. Due to weakening or wasting of spinal muscles, the anti-gravitational force is reduced to the very minimum, and so the spine shrinks and acquires an S-shape configuration to maintain the vertical posture. Such deformations lead to irritation of nerve roots, muscular spasms etc, which generate pain.*212\330\8*