The prevalence of low back pain is estimated to be more than 70% and is the most frequently reported musculoskeletal problem, in the population over 75 years of age. For 5 to 10% it can be a serious problem. Lower back pain can be acute or chronic in nature.
Acute low back pain is the one that lasts less than 3 months and chronic low back pain may last for more than 3 to 6 months. Lower back pain among senior citizens lasting more than week should be investigated and should not be neglected.
Symptoms Of Lower Back Pain In Older Adults
- A heightened pain in the mornings and evenings, sometimes accompanied by stiffness.
- Disrupted sleep due to pain.
- Tenderness (Pain on touching) when the area of the spine is pressed.
- Pain in the lower back that is increases on extended activity
- Finding relief quickly after sitting down
- Loss of flexibility in the back
- Developing leg pain while walking a small distance
- Weight loss
- Deformity and disability