back pain in women after 40; Experts on surprising causes and prevention tips | Health

As you approach age 40, your chances of recurrent, annoying back pain may increase. Your likelihood of experiencing lower or upper back pain will increase with each passing year given that spinal wear and tear accelerates with age. Back pain is more common in women than in men for a variety of reasons. We asked a gynecologist and a physical therapist about the reasons why women over 40 are more prone to back pain than men of the same age.


It’s not that younger women don’t experience back pain. The causes of back pain in young women can be muscle or ligament strains, incorrect movements or a jerk, herniated or degenerated disc herniation, or sciatica. Then there are gynecologic causes of back pain like premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea (painful periods), and pregnancy, says Dr. Shweta Shah, Full Time Consultant – OBGY, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, Malad.

During pregnancy, the spine undergoes a change called exaggerated lumbar lordosis which, along with hormonal changes and increased weight on the spine, leads to back pain when the muscles aren’t strong enough.

CAUSES OF BACK PAIN IN WOMEN OVER 40

LATE PREGNANCY


Late pregnancy may increase the likelihood of back pain in a woman (SHVETS production)


Pragnya Ravichandran Executive Physiotherapist Cloudnine Group of Hospitals T. Nagar-Chenna says back pain is more common in women who become pregnant in their fourth decade of life.

“When pregnant in the fourth decade of life, a woman must cope with the effects of her aging body and the physical changes in her musculoskeletal system that pregnancy brings. Poor physical activity and a higher BMI during the period leading up to conception can increase the risk of back pain in women who become pregnant in their 40s,” says the physiotherapist.

OSTEOPOROSIS


Women over 40 are at risk of osteoporosis (Shutterstock)


dr Shah says women in their 40s are more likely to develop osteoporosis and osteopenia, which could be an indirect reason for back pain. “Additionally, women in this age group experience perimenopause due to reduced estrogen levels, which impacts their bone health. The reasons for back pain are spondylolisthesis, degenerative discs, spinal canal stenosis and degeneration of the spine and body, which is an aging process,” says the gynecologist.

OBESITY


obesity


dr Shah believes obesity is another important cause of back pain, especially if the BMI is over 30.

“Women should take active measures to maintain a healthy spine and back by adopting a healthy lifestyle. They should take care of their healthy posture and keep their spine straight. It is advisable to consult a doctor to check during exercise Taking vitamin D and calcium supplements regularly,” says Dr. shah

MENOPAUSE


Menopause ((Getty Images/iStockphoto))


Aging is an inevitable change that happens to every human being. Women go through many physiological changes during each decade of their lives before they even reach this aging process. And these physiological changes are controlled by the hormones that prepare them to give birth to a child. “By the time women hit their mid-40s, they may be in perimenopause, and a drop in estrogen levels can cause various physical changes in her, mostly affecting the musculoskeletal system,” says Ravichandran.

SEDATED LIFESTYLE


Avoid a sedentary lifestyle to prevent back pain (Unsplash)


Low back and pelvic pain is a common problem that every woman in her mid-40s experiences.

“Risk factors include sedentary lifestyles and sedentary lifestyles, poor dietary habits, overweight and obesity, metabolic diseases, poor bone mineral density due to hormonal changes, psychological stress, changes in circadian rhythms affecting sleep patterns, vitamin D deficiency, bone degeneration, muscle atrophy, and sarcopenia Changes due to aging, etc.,” says Ravichandran.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING AND TREATMENT OF BACK PAIN IN WOMEN OVER 40


Exercise is important to maintain strength and agility (Elina Fairytale)


– Exercise plays a key role in controlling these factors. Any type of exercise such as aerobic training, strength and endurance training, flexibility, balance and coordination training goes a long way to managing these risk factors and preventing back pain. Recent research has shown a lower risk of back pain in women who exercise at least 3 to 5 days a week, consisting of moderate-intensity exercise.

– Women should pay attention to their posture and keep their spine straight.

– It is advisable to consult a doctor if you are taking vitamin D and calcium supplements while exercising regularly.

– Doctors recommend that overweight women make serious efforts to lose weight and maintain a normal weight.

“Women should seek appropriate counseling and diagnosis if they have had back pain for more than 2 to 3 weeks. Accurate diagnosis of back pain is essential, whether it is acute or chronic, specific or non-specific, is very important for proper treatment and the best possible recovery,” concludes Dr. Shah.


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