Your parents had back pain, and now as you get older, you are starting to feel those same pains. Genetics plays a huge role in our lives regarding our health and the possibility that we will develop certain conditions down the line, but is back pain one of those things that can be passed down through our genetics?

While environmental and physical factors definitely contribute to our back pain, some research is beginning to indicate that there may be a connection between back pain and our genes. So, today, we are going to take a closer look.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Ths discs between our vertebrae are important when it comes to absorbing shock, protecting our nerves, and keeping the pain away. However, as we age, these discs also age and begin to wear down and can possibly lose some of their cushioning. We can then start to feel the pain most often in our lumbar region, but it can spread throughout the back and into the neck.

By the age of 50 more than 80% of people will show some sign of degenerative disc diseases. Upon researching this, it was found that there was a high correlation between this disease and a person’s family history. So, if you have an immediate family with this condition, it may be much more likely that you will develop the disease as well.

A smaller chance for developing this condition was found when it concerned those with second or third-degree relatives who were already experiencing this condition.

Pain Perception

Degenerative disc disease and even herniated discs may cause varying levels of pain for different people. Some may also be more significantly affected by it than others as well. Again, research is showing that there may be a correlation between genetics and how susceptible we are to pain.

If you already have a genetic disposition to pain, then it isn’t just back pain that you are dealing with. You may be experiencing a host of other painful conditions that you may be able to blame on genetics.

Hereditary Back Pain

Even if your genetics play a role in your back pain, there are still things you can do to help these conditions while managing the pain you are feeling.

Chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression are two of the more common treatments for degenerative disc disease and relieving pain.  Acupuncture has also been found to help those suffering from chronic pain conditions including fibromyalgia.

These treatments have all been found to provide more than effective pain relief for people who are suffering from back pain, fibromyalgia, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and many other health conditions that cause significant pain.

If you are suffering from pain related to any of these conditions and you want to try something to find some relief and help treat these conditions, then you should contact the Wellness Center of NY for more information and schedule an appointment with professionals that can walk you through your options.

- The Wellness Center of NY
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