Nowadays is very common to spend a lot of time sitting down. However, it is one of the factors that accelerate the wear and aging of the spine, especially if you have a bad posture.

An alarming figure reveals that 8 out of 10 people have suffered some type of injury or back pain.

Of these people, 70% seek to resolve it after one or two years of suffering from pain, sometimes causing the only option to be surgery.

What are the main problems in the spine?

According to neurosurgeon José Augusto Ruiz, a member of the International Association AO Spine, the main back diseases that afflict world population are Herniated discs between the vertebrae, Compressed Nerves and Structural Wear of the spine.

This loss of support is a degenerative process that accelerates as the years go by, causing abnormal spaces between the vertebrae and the nerves are compressed, which generates pain, decreased strength in arms and legs up to the point of paralyzing the person in a Wheelchair.

Also, these conditions may vary depending on the patient's age, according to the specialist.

For example, Disc Hernias appear between the ages of 20 and 40 caused by sudden movements or overloading the spine. Depending on their size they cause pain or not, which makes detection and prevention even more difficult since it is one of the main causes of sciatica.

While from 40 to 60 years, the ligaments of the channel through which the nerves pass thicken and compress them, affecting their function of carrying important messages throughout the body, which can lead to degenerative diseases, since they get used to work in this defective way.

How to prevent or solve spinal aging?

We can prevent it with some recommendations such as: Be vigilant about any pain, even more, if it extends to the leg. Do exercises that strengthen your back such as swimming, yoga. And for people who are not as athletic or flexible, or are looking for faster results, the application of the orthopedic tools Cordus and Sacrus can be a good option. Inversion tables also help in some cases, but they are a bit more complicated to use and are not for everyone. Or you can see a talented therapist if you know one.

Muscle relaxants and cortisone injections at first might help to relax the tension in the back for a period of time, which allows immediate relief, but doctors have negative opinions about the prolonged use.

 

Published by Mohammad Shoaib