Correlation between age and a pinched nerve

As we age, the likelihood of developing a pinched nerve in the spine increases. This is because the components of the spine degenerate as a natural result of everyday wear, starting as early as the second decade of life. By the time we reach middle age, discs have begun to lose their water content and elasticity, while the cartilage between vertebral joints has begun to deteriorate.

This degeneration can alter the shape of vertebrae and other parts of the spine, which can threaten the integrity of the spinal cord or adjacent nerve roots. A nerve that is compressed by a bone spur or herniated disc can produce symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness. To learn about the age that a pinched nerve typically develops as well as the treatments available for this condition, read the following article.

What age group is most likely to get a pinched nerve?

Men in their 40s and women in their 50s are most likely to get a pinched nerve. This is because of two factors related to the typical pattern of spinal degeneration. First, by middle age, everyday wear on the spine has taken its toll on the discs, which have begun to lose water content and elasticity. Second, the facet joints, the points where vertebrae meet and move, have begun to break down through long years of use.

The disc’s diminished ability to provide cushioning, combined with less joint stability, can lead to bone-on-bone friction and the development of bone spurs (osteophytes), which can begin to pinch adjacent nerves. Degenerating discs also are susceptible to herniation or bulging — another threat to neural function.

How to combat the symptoms of a pinched nerve

Typically, people who develop symptoms of a pinched nerve can find relief using conservative treatment methods, such as pain medication, physical therapy, low-impact exercise, chiropractic care and massage therapy. However, if chronic pain persists after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute. We have helped thousands of patients each year find relief from chronic neck or back pain with our minimally invasive procedures.

To treat a pinched nerve, the board-certified+ surgeons at Laser Spine Institute will remove a portion of the offending agent that is causing nerve compression using a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques. Our minimally invasive techniques allow patients to quickly get back to the activities they have been missing out on. To learn if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery, ask our dedicated team for a free MRI review* today.

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