Caring For You
Care at Every Age
As we get older, it is frustrating to feel that our bodies are slowing us down. Our bodies begin to “settle” and may start to degenerate and lose bone quality. Oftentimes, the spine becomes the focus of our weariness and discomfort. Have you ever gotten back pain relief by leaning over the shopping cart? If so, the shopping cart is acting as a support, taking some of the load off of your spine. Leaning forward also relieves pressure on the nerves in the spine, thereby reducing symptoms of stenosis. Frequently, strengthening the core abdominal muscles or adding a supportive low back brace can provide ongoing relief.
Scoliosis and kyphosis can continue to progress in older adults as a result of degeneration and decreased bone quality. It is particularly important for older women to get a enough calcium and vitamin D in their diet (or through supplements) and to get regular DEXA scans to monitor for osteopenia and osteoporosis. While it is not common for men over the age of 40 to lose bone density as rapidly as women, there may be a slight risk for some men.
“This picture shows ‘Bwana’ Hey in Tanzania in front of the Land Cruiser during the amazing ‘great migration’. Think I was the best than anyone tolerating the bumpy trip though the Serengeti. Best to all. Tell the Doctor that I have told a whole bunch of people about his great work and the great team he has working with him.”