As we age, everyone experiences aches and pains. Many Americans are living with some sort of chronic long-term pain after an injury or illness and even more experience short-term pains. So, where does this pain come from and how can you manage it?
1. Lower Back Pain
It’s the most common complaint of chronic pain. Arthritis is a common cause of lower back pain for people in their 30s and 40s, but it can happen at any age. Strength training and cardio can both help alleviate the pain. They increase the blood flow and build those core muscles, including your spine reducing pressure. You can always talk to a physical therapist too. They can show you exercises that can help you move and relieve pain.
Any type of headache is annoying. Regular ones and migraines can often cause other symptoms, like nausea. While experts aren’t 100% sure what causes them, they know they can be triggered by muscle tension, weather changes, dehydration, certain foods, stress, and a woman’s menstrual cycle. Patient’s often see headaches and migraines around their 20s and 50s.
Relieving a headache can depend on what the cause of the headache may be. If you are experiencing pain in your forehead or temple, you could have a tension headache. Massage the area that hurts or apply a menthol cream to your forehead or base of the neck.
3. Osteoarthritis (OA):
This condition occurs when the cartilage in your joints breaks down over time and causes pain in your hands, knees, or hips. It’s most often the result of age-related changes, but can also happen after an injury or wear-and-tear from sports or high-impact activity. People start seeing the signs of Osteoarthritis around their 60s or 70s. Staying active is the key to alleviating that pain. Keep the blood circulating to your joints and strengthen the muscles around them. It helps keep the pressure off the joints and bones.
4. Non-Arthritis Joint Pain
Not every pain in your joints is due to Osteoarthritis. Tendinitis can also cause inflammation of your tendons and cause pain that’s similar to Osteoarthritis. A good way to tell the difference is with arthritis, it is tough to get moving, but with tendinitis, the more you move, the more pain you will have. Most people experience this in their 40s. As you age, the tendons become less elastic and can become more prone to an injury. Take it easy and follow the RICE method, rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
5. Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain is very common in women ages 18 to 50. It can feel like a sharp or a dull ache. While it’s easy to blame it on your periods, it may be the result of endometriosis or irritable bowel syndrome. Pain meds can help, but talk to your doctor if you are experiencing pain that lasts for more than a few days.