Back Pain and the Ageing Spine

Age related back pain affects everyone, your muscles lose elasticity, your bones lose strength, and your spine loses cushioning as you age, which in turn leads to lower back pain. Medical conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, viral infections, and other diseases can further contribute to the pain.


The condition can be caused by prolonged and irregular pressure on the discs due to the patient’s poor posture and bio-mechanical deformities (such as a short leg). After the age of 60 when even normal discs lose up to 20% of their water content, they become prolapsed (thinner) and are not as elasticated as before. Remnants of the nucleus pulposus known as debris can then adhere to the sides of nerve sleeves causing pain and Degenerative Disc Disease often combines with other conditions such as osteophytosis or sponyltitus (cracks in the pars intervertebralis).

Key words related to ageing spine:

  • lumbar spine
  • age-related changes
  • disc degeneration
  • osteophyte formation
  • facet osteoarthritis
  • degenerative spondylolisthesis
  • spondylolysis
  • stenosis
Degenerative changes in the spine are those that cause the loss of normal structure and/or function. They are not typically due to a specific injury but rather to age. Repeated strains, sprains, and overuse of the back cause a gradual degeneration of the discs of the spine.
The best thing to do to manage an ageing spine is to keep active lifestyle, try to look after your posture, keep weight off and use a safe and non-invasive home decompression system such as the Spinal Backrack System, through doing a series of exercises approximately 3x a week as required (depending on the severity of the condition) you can learn to manage an ageing spine effectively and not suffer from the symptoms any further without resorting to painkillers and unnecessary surgery. If you want further support whilst on the move, gardening, walking etc, you can use our Backrack Belt which treats as you are mobile.

Prevention is key to managing an ageing spine