How the Aging Process Can Affect Our Bones

“People lose bone mass as they age, especially women after menopause. The bones lose calcium & other minerals. The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae. Between each bone is a gel-like cushion (called a disk). With aging, the middle of the body (trunk) becomes shorter, as the disks gradually lose fluid & become thinner. Vertebrae also lose some of their mineral content, making each bone thinner” [1]

Facing the Issues Head-On

Clearly, the aging process can have a very serious knock-on effect to our bones. – This can cause various degrees of pain, and as a result, affect people’s quality of life. In fact, the pain can sometimes be so severe, that a percentage of sufferers have to give up working; throw aside some of their hobbies; and turn their backs on the fun active life they have always lead. But does it have to be this way? Fortunately, in many cases, the answer is “no, it doesn’t!” Fortunately, there are a number of treatments to ameliorate these problems brought on by natural aging. – But you do have to take stock, and face your issues. – You have to realise that things can only get worse, and seek professional help from an experienced Pain Specialist who has an excellent track record in the field.

“Joint changes affect almost all older people. These changes range from minor stiffness to severe arthritis” [1]

Getting worse includes: breaking bones more easily due to them becoming brittle; an overall decrease in height owing to a shorter trunk and spine; stooped posture; more flexed hips and knees; a tilted neck; narrowed shoulders and a broader pelvis; an unsteady walk with reduced arm swinging; slower movement (or reduced movement); deformed, stiff, painful inflamed joints; bone spurs as a result of overall wear and tear, and aging, can develop on the vertebrae; the vertebrae in the spinal column become compressed; the arches of the feet can decrease; and a shorter, slower walking pattern (gait) can become the norm. – In this case: “the risk of injury increases because gait changes, instability, and loss of balance, may lead to falls” [1]. Moreover, diseases such as osteoporosis become common problems [1].

Attending an Appointment With a Pain Specialist

This is the first step towards a positive outcome. During your appointment (which in the first instance, can be via an online video link), the Pain Specialist will tell you all about the options that would be suitable for your individual case. These will be a mix of conventional and new cutting-edge methods.


[1]. Medline Plus (2021). “Aging changes in the bones – muscles – joints.”