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Geriatric Back Pain

Back pain affects people of all ages, but is more common in older adults. The normal wear-and-tear effects of aging and arthritis of the spine can result in chronic or acute lower back pain. As a multi-specialty health care offering a wide range of services for the elderly, HealthQuest is dedicated to providing effective treatment for geriatric back pain issues. Our goal is to help our patients improve their mobility, independence and quality of life.

Common Causes of

Back Pain

Among the Elderly

In the elderly, back pain is usually the result of

  • Mechanical issues - osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, muscular strain, and inflammatory spondyloarthopathy
  • Metabolic bone disease – osteoporosis and osteomalacia
  • Neoplastic - myeloma or leukemia

Symptoms include limited spinal flexibility, fever, antecedent weight loss, interrupted sleep due to pain and early morning stiffness beyond one hour.

Proper Evaluation and Customized Treatment Plans

Our professional team of physicians, neurologists, physical therapists, chiropractors and pain management specialists focuses on evaluating the symptoms to identify the root cause of the pain.

Our comprehensive pain assessment modalities can identify the true cause of back pain in older adults. These include laboratory tests, x-ray, CT and MRI scans. Once the true cause of the pain is determined, our specialists provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan.


Pain Management Techniques

Our pain management physicians combine pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to effectively treat the pain in the elderly. The approach adopted would depend on the patient's medical history and nature and severity of the pain.

Medication – Pain medications provided may include opioids, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), analgesics, nerve blocks and epidural steroid injections.

Chiropractic treatment: Spinal cord manipulation for chronic back pain can help restore mobility of the joints. Back pain is treated using advanced modalities such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), ultrasound and traction.

Surgery: Surgery is recommended for patients whose pain cannot be relieved with non-surgical methods. The longer a nerve is compressed, the greater the chances for nerve damage and longer recovery time. Procedures such as laminectomy and microdiscectomy which relieve the pressure on compressed nerve roots can significantly reduce the pain.

Physical therapy: Physical therapy addresses the impact of pain on function rather than focusing on the pain itself. Our expert physical therapists use a combination of methods such as electrotherapy, heat/cold, massage and manipulation, applied relaxation techniques and exercises to help elderly patients manage back pain.

Help Your Loved Ones Lead a Pain-free Life

In addition to end-to-end treatment for the elderly, we also provide support services and coaching for younger adults caring for aging parents.

To know more about our geriatric back pain management services, dial 718-769-2521 or write to