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Generational aches and pains

There are certain aches and pains we get when we age and some are more common than others.

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Common aches and pains for young people in their 30s

The most common would probably be a headache. We begin to realize these types of aches in our 30’s. The stress of work, school, and starting a family are all common stressors which bring about headaches. Of course our finances and bad relationships add to the stress already experienced in our hectic lives.

Sitting at a desk working on a computer may start the onslaught of our headaches in our 30s or younger, but it can continue throughout our lifetime.

Relieve the pain

A good way to relieve this kind of headache due to sitting in one place too long and straining your neck is to move the neck muscles, move our head around, and get the blood flowing again. We can also apply a warm rag and do some breathing exercises. There are also over the counter medications.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can also occur because of our desk jobs. Though in the past we wrote too much, today we are keyboarding and that also will affect the nerves of our wrist. Of course playing computer games for long hours or even talking on cell phones and holding our hand up can cause the stress on the nerves of the wrist as well.

People who are genetically inclined or have had past wrist injuries would be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.

To help reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, try changing the monotony of your routine. Don’t stay too long on your keyboard or computer games.

You can also make sure you are working in a comfortable position with your back against the chair and shoulders relaxed, your wrists straight, and your elbows at your side.

You feet should be on the floor or you may want to use a footstool.

You might want to build up your hand a wrist muscles. If physiotherapy or a wrist brace doesn’t work then you might want to consult a doctor.

Common aches and pains in your 40s and into your 50s

Back ache is something many middle-aged people complaint about. There are many factors that contribute to back pain including poor posture, stress, uncomfortable working conditions, bad sleeping habits, and more.

How to fix the problem

For minor back pain pay particular attention to your posture; stress on the spinal cord will put you at risk. Make sure you don’t lift more than 25 percent of your body weight. You also need to maintain a normal weight as excess weight will also put a lot of stress on the spine.

Make sure you have a good chair with back support and that your computer is at the right height for comfortable usage. If you are working slouched over you will surely get a back ache.

Also, your mattress may cause your back pain and you may need to change the position in which you sleep. If your back pain is in the morning it is a good indicator that the problem may be your mattress.

You can try over the counter medication and you see your doctor or a chiropractor for more help.

Muscle pains are common for this age group. Also tendonitis can occur as well. Working hard on scrubbing and cleaning can actually cause pain whereas it did not do so when we you were younger. The repeated movements from such jobs as cooking, chopping, and cutting can result in strains and muscle pains. Even vacuuming and stretching to change a bed can cause shoulder and other pains.

How to ease the pain

Do some stretching exercises to avoid over exerting the muscles. If you notice a certain sport may be causing the pain then cut back on the sport or other activities that may be causing the pain.

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

When you are 60 and older

Osteoarthritis is a disease common to this age group. Over 12 million Americans have osteoarthritis. “It causes joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in your hips, knees, and lower back.”

What you need to do to help ease the pain of osteoarthritis

Start losing weight and exercising. “Being active is essential. "At this age, a stationary lifestyle is more risky than the risk of a physical injury," Cooney says. Choose an exercise program that includes weight training for muscles and bones and aerobic activity for heart health.”

Gentle stretching such as yoga will help ease the pain. Over the counter medication may help but movement is the best therapy for this disorder. Although it hurts you have to do it anyhow.

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