BACK PAIN IS COMMON IN HIGHLY ACTIVE OLDER ADULTS

By: Dr. Donna A. Pontoriero, Chiropractor

In a Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Study, many well-functioning and highly active older adults experienced back pain, which was linked with poorer perceived and observed walking endurance.

"Older adults are living longer and healthier active lives, so paying attention to conditions that may threaten independent function is increasingly important," said lead author Dr. Eleanor Simonsick. "In theis study, we found that back pain affected nearly half of well-functioning, highly active older adults. We also found that back pain was linked to less energy-efficient walking and poorer endurance, which can lead to walking difficulties. These findings suggest that better back pain management may help older adults remain active and free of mobility limitation." She suggests these tips to prevent back pain:

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  • Remain active--under the supervision of your doctor of chiropractic.
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
  • Warm up or stretch before exercising or physical activities, such as gardening.
  • Maintain proper posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
  • Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.


Please contact our office if you would like further evaluation on your condition.

Dr. Donna Pontoriero can be reached at 299 Franklin Ave, Nutley NJ 07110, 973-235-9393.