Lumbar Disc Herniation In Elderly

Lumbar Disc Herniation In Elderly

Lumbar disc herniation is very rare in the elderly and is almost never seen after 70 years. In the elderly, lumbar disc herniation usually appears slowly due to the accumulation of the injuries that have been going on for years. However, when they are present their operations are not easy, because it is necessary to surgically remove the osteophytes that have arisen over the years; and for this reason, they must be performed by experienced hands.

It is also important to note that such a late-onset hernia may be accompanied by an extra disease, an infectious disease or a chronic illness like diabetes that causes nerve damage. Also, in order to protect elderly people from such situations; they must not be allowed to work in hard jobs or carry heavy goods. If they have to carry some weight necessarily, they should do it symmetrically; ie they must not carry the weight with one arm, unbalanced.

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