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Many people accept back pain as just a part of growing old without ever finding out the cause of the pain. Several diseases can contribute to low back pain as the spine ages including disc degeneration, lumbar spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. The key to preventing an increase in low back pain is to catch the onset of these diseases early and set up a long-term treatment plan.

Disc Degeneration

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common conditions in an aging spine. Over time, the discs between the vertebrae begin to wear and lose their flexibility. As this happens, the spine becomes more rigid and sometimes painful. Degenerating discs are natural and only cause trouble when they begin to compress and pinch the  nerves or spinal cord around them.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Another problem that can plague the aging spine is lumbar spinal stenosis. This condition causes space where the spinal cord and nerve roots begin to narrow and compress the spinal cord. When this happens, it can begin to become painful and cause weakness in the legs. Lumbar spinal stenosis typically affects people over the age of 50.


Spondylolisthesis is when a vertebra slips forward and over the vertebrae below it. Many times, this does not cause a problem for the patient. Only when the slipped vertebra irritates a nearby nerve root does the condition become painful. Like other conditions that plague an aging spine, spondylolisthesis can be treated.

Remember, the important thing is to catch these conditions early before they become a bigger problem later. Consult with a physician to determine a treatment plan for you.

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Are you ready to alleviate your pain and restore your physical function so you can live your best life – the one you want and deserve? The entire Clearway team is ready to help.

To request an appointment, please click the button below. You will be routed to our Patient Portal, where you can register with us by providing us with some basic information. We will get back as quickly as possible to set up and confirm your appointment day and time. Just below the form, we provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, as well.

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