Does back pain get worse as you age or doesn't it? I've heard different points of view. Some people think it does, while others believe that because you're less active and therefore you take fewer risks, your pain is likely to decrease.
A new review published in the August 2012 issue of Chiropractic Manual Therapy attempted to answer this question. The purpose was to determine if any type of spine pain, from neck to low back becomes more common in the older population by examining the prevalence in middle aged people, and also seeing if that increase continued into old age.
The review looked at 12 studies. The reviewers concluded that back pain is no more common in people over 60 than in those who are middle aged. They also found that back pain does not increase as you become elderly. In fact, their research suggests it seems to decrease in the oldest people.
Well, that confirms it, or at least makes the case for decreased back pain in seniors more credible. In case you're interested, my opinion is that we get smarter about managing and preventing pain, as well as decreasing our risk for injury.
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Fejer R, Leboeuf-Yde C. Does back and neck pain become more common as you get older? A systematic literature review. Chiropr Man Therap. 2012 Aug 10;20(1):24.