FIVE SURPRISING CAUSES OF BACK PAIN AFTER 50
As we get older, we start to lose fluid in our discs and as we lose fluid, the discs

tend to collapse, we get stiffer, and the risk of injury becomes greater. From

there,
many lifestyle habits raise your risk. Some of these, like hoisting your
grandkid or
overdoing the gardening, are obvious. But some aren’t. Here are
five surprising culprits that may play a role in the pain in your back.

1. The culprit: Uninte
rrupted sitting
You’ve likely heard by now that lots of sitting can take a
toll on your health. But
it’s also a lesserknown cause of back pain. If you’re sitting for a period, your
joints aren’t being used. Set a schedule where you dedicate time focused
on
stretching and core strengthening, totalling half an hour to an hour, six
times a week.

2. The culprit: Cigarette smoking

Smoking limits blood flow, causing discs to age prematurely. In fact, the

number one reason people who have had spinal fusion surgery
back surgery
to connect two or
more vertebrae in your spine don’t heal is because of
smoking.

3. The Culprit: Your mattress

That cushy mattress that makes it seem like you’re floating on a giant

marshmallow may feel good when you slip into bed each night, but it’s not

doing your back
any favours. If you use a plush mattress or an old mattress, the
body tends to sink down, so there’s less support for the spine

4. The Culprit: Shoes

Even sensible shoes can change your gait and lead to back pain if the soles are

uneven, which happens when you’ve worn them too long. Think about your

shoes the way you think about your mattress. We talk about the support you

need while lying flat; you equ
ally need support while being upright.
5. The Culprit: Stress

Stress wreaks all kinds of
havoc on the body. No surprise, it can also put the
squeeze on the muscles around your spine. People usually carry stress in the
neck and shoulder area. But stress can also cause pain to travel farther down
the back, thanks to the inflammatory response it sets off.

By Kimberly Goad,
AARP
Read the Article here

5 Surprising Causes of Back Pain After Age 50 (aarp.org)