Does Aging Affect Your Neck?
By Sara Butler
There are a lot of great things about aging. You gain wisdom, experience, and you usually have a lot more flexibility and security in your life than you did when you were a young whippersnapper. While there are definite plusses to getting older, there are some drawbacks, too, namely the wear and tear your body takes through the years and how that manifests itself as you add more candles to your birthday cake.
The process of aging can have an impact on your spine, including your cervical spine -- all referred to as the neck. Your neck, shoulders, arms, and upper back can all start to have issues as you get older. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have more than one patient of a certain age that complains of neck pain, so it's an issue everyone needs to be aware of. Here's what you need to know about aging and the neck.
Symptoms of Degeneration
When you begin to have symptoms involving the neck due to the wear and tear that comes with aging, this is known as degeneration. There are many symptoms you can be on the lookout for to understand if degeneration may be at the heart of your neck pain. These symptoms, in addition to neck pain, include:
- Pain in the shoulders blades
- Problems with using the hands
- Pain, weakness, or numbness in the arms
If you have any of these symptoms along with neck pain, it's vital to discuss this with the chiropractor.
Why Does It Happen?
Degenerative conditions involving the neck occur because of changes that take place in the joints over time. The discs in the neck may narrow, making normal movement difficult, leading to changes in the discs around it that ultimately end in inflammation and pain.
Some conditions, such as spondylosis, can cause pain to radiate through the upper back and down the arms, too. That's why pain or weakness in the arms can tell the chiropractor a lot about the root of the problem.
Regardless of the issues that result, changes in the bones or discs in the neck are what cause problems as a person ages. That's why you should never ignore the pain and assume it will go away, but have it investigated by the chiropractors at The Joint so that you can understand what is going on and, more importantly, what you can do about it.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Shiloh, Ill.