Pain Management - Growing Pains

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As a person grows older, he starts to feel more pain and fatigue from doing things that he normally did so effortlessly when he was younger. He starts to have muscular pains and joint pains. These muscle and joint pains speak of years of incorrect posture, joint stress due to excessive weight, and injuries from sports activities. Pain in muscles and joints are usually caused by years of strain. For instance, even the mere act of sitting can cause damage to muscles and joints. Getting neck pain or back pain from sitting all day means that there was something wrong with the person's sitting position or posture.

Most often, people ignore pain especially when it is slight or mild and confuses it with discomfort. Pain is always a signal that something is wrong. As one gets older, attention should be given to proper posture and reduction of strain on the body in order to prevent further damage and pain.

Tension headaches and migraines also become frequent annoyances. As headaches are caused by numerous and various factors, one should pay attention to and determine the specific factors that trigger headaches or migraines. Little help can be obtained by asking other persons since most headaches and migraines are unique and personal reactions. This means that even if a certain factor causes a person to develop a headache, it does not follow that the same factor will cause other persons to also develop headaches or migraines. By identifying one’s own triggers and by learning to avoid them, headache and migraine attacks can be controlled and minimized.

As one grows even older, his body will start to experience even more pain. Back pain will become more frequent and pronounced due to deterioration of the spine. Pain in other joints such as finger joints, wrists, ankles, hips and the neck will also start to manifest. These joint pains are most frequently caused by arthritis. Most of these pains are chronic which means they will keep on coming back over a period of time. It is best to visit a pain management clinic at the onset of these pains so that proper pain medication can prevent them from getting worse. Consulting a pain management clinic early on will also give more pain management options. At the early stages, chronic pain may be managed and even treated through physical therapy by doing proper strengthening and corrective exercises. Also, these exercises will help the body achieve the right balance and strength to endure more pain as the body ages even more.

It is important to keep in mind that pain and age go hand in hand. There is nothing that can completely prevent pain from creeping in especially during old age. What matters though is how one handles pain associated with age. An elderly person who has no proper pain management will most probably be debilitated by pain and his activities will be limited to what his pain allows. On the other hand, an elderly with proper pain management will be able to still enjoy an active lifestyle - one that does not allow pain to rule his life.

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This article was published on 2011/02/23