In Your 40s and 50s

Back Pain.

As you age, stress on the spine from bad posture, a poor workplace set-up, and the wrong sleeping habits can all bring on lower back pain

The Fix.

Pay attention to your posture and how you lift things. People should not lift more than 25% of their body weight without assistance. Look at your workplace arrangement. Is your chair the right height? Is your computer screen where it needs to be? Does your back ache in the morning? Consider buying a new mattress, or trying a new position for sleeping.

Over-the-counter medications like aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen can help relieve pain and reduce swelling. Try physical or chiropractic therapy, or exercise like Pilates or yoga. If you still don’t feel relief, talk with your doctor.

Back Pain at 50+ is More Than Just a ProblemMuscle Strain and Tendinitis.

The payback for pushing yourself too hard gets worse as you age. Repeated strain on your arm from things like cleaning and cooking can cause chronic shoulder pain. Repetitive fitness activities like weight lifting and running can also cause problems.

The Fix.

Stretch, and pace yourself when you exercise. Don’t prolong your workout. Cut back on a sport if it’s causing inflammation or injury from doing it too often.

Try the RICE method: the combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines can help reduce soreness and pain.

Back Pain at 50+ is More Than Just a Problem

In Your 60s, 70s, and Beyond


12.4 million Americans 65 and older have this. It causes joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in your hips, knees, and lower back.

The Fix.

Get moving, and keep your weight in check.

Being active is essential. At any age a stationary lifestyle is more risky than the risk of a physical injury but as we get older it is an even greater risk. Choose an exercise program that includes weight training for muscles and bones and aerobic activity for heart health.

Slow, gentle stretching can improve flexibility and help with stiffness. Strength exercises lessen pain by easing the burden on joints.

Back Pain at 50+ is More Than Just a ProblemLosing weight can also reduce strain on your joints and ease pain.

Over-the-counter medication may help with pain and inflammation. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe something to help.

Source:; Frank De Raffele; January 15, 2015.