Why do things become more painful as I get older?
There is sadly no getting away from the effects of ageing – no matter how much all of us wish it were otherwise!
Bone density decreases, metabolism slows, and you begin to lose muscle mass – as much as 3 to 5 percent per decade, beginning in your 30s, and for men, up to 30 percent of total muscle mass over a lifetime.2
Thanks to the wear and tear of daily life, as well as the effects of any injuries or illnesses, joints can become stiff... and tender. Normally cartilage at the end of your bones cushions your joints and absorbs shock. However, with age, cartilage begins to wear down leading to more pain and swelling in the joints. This is osteoarthritis, and is a common condition that affects many older adults.3
But while there are all sorts of physical changes that happen with age, no one wants it to stop them doing all the things they love, whether that is as simple as going for walks with a friend, or dancing at a family birthday party. So, it is a good tactic to identify the kind of pain you might be suffering, so you can take positive steps to rectify - or at the very least reduce – its impact.