I'm Over 50 — Is Chronic Pain Normal?

Chronic pain is an increasing issue within our aging population. Specifically, research shows that 50% of the elderly who live independently and 75-85% of seniors in care facilities suffer from chronic pain.

At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates, we believe that you don’t have to suffer through pain as a normal part of life. Our doctors use advanced, innovative orthopedic treatments, along with preventive measures, to treat your chronic pain, while paying unique attention to your specific needs as a senior.

Prevention is important

Preventive care measures can address issues of chronic pain before they manifest into serious concerns. Though your age may be a contributing factor to your chronic pain, many lifestyle habits can affect the issue, including:

Exercising

Routine aerobic activities with low levels of impact, those that avoid pulling or straining your neck and back, can increase endurance and strengthen your back muscles, allowing for increased function and durability. These exercises include swimming, walking, and stretching, though your doctor may recommend other activities that best suit your lifestyle.

Maintaining a healthy weight

Excess weight can lead to excess strain on your back muscles. If you’re overweight, dropping down to a healthy and manageable weight can lessen or prevent your back pain.

Quitting smoking

Researchers believe that smoking can make you feel pain more easily in general, and smokers are up to three times more likely than nonsmokers to suffer lower back pain. Let Dr. Keppler and his team help you find ways to kick the habit.

What if I have chronic back or neck pain?

In some cases, back or neck pain is more than just a normal part of aging. If you experience severe symptoms that leave you debilitated and in acute pain, it’s time to see us at Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates. These symptoms include:

These symptoms may indicate a more severe issue, particularly if you’re over 50, so it’s important to note your symptoms and see us if you experience any unusual symptoms or acute pain.

What to do if the pain gets worse

Though you may be tempted to brush off chronic pain and any associated symptoms as a normal part of aging, doing so can be perilous to your health, as chronic pain can often indicate a more severe illness.

At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates, we have a passion for taking care of our patients, because we believe that chronic pain doesn’t have to limit your life. Contact us to set up an appointment today, and take back control of your life.  

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