Chronic Pain Myth: Your Pain is Due to Your Age

MYTH: Pain due to age


Over the last three weeks, I have been tackling some of the most common myths our clients are told cause their pain. They are reasons that, when we take a step back and really analyze them, simply don’t make sense. Yet, time and again, many clients are told these myths and walk away believing that they are the Gospel truth.

If you haven’t had a chance to read them yet, I’d encourage you to do so:

Chronic Pain Myth: You’ll Always Have Pain

Chronic Pain Myth: You Just THINK You Hurt

Chronic Pain Myth: You Hurt Because You’re FAT

Today I’m addressing what I would consider to be the most common myth I hear in my clinic:

Your Pain is Due to Your Age

Almost daily, I’m told by new clients that their knee pain, degenerative hip, herniated disc, or spinal stenosis is due to age. They are told that their symptom is, “just part of the normal aging process.” As we age, the body breaks down from all the “wear and tear” placed on it over the years.

It sounds logical, right?


Please hear me say this: You don’t have pain because you’re 40, 60, or 80 years old.  Think about it this way: If age is to blame, then why is your pain only on one side of your body? Is your left knee older that your right knee? Was your degenerative hip born before the non-degenerative hip? Is one disc (or a few discs) older than the others?

Of course not! That’s exactly why age is NOT the determining factor when it comes to your pain and overall health.

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Let’s do a little role-playing for a second. Let’s say you’re a 50-year-old with knee pain, and let’s say your neighbor is a 45-year-old with hip pain. In this scenario, if pain is synonymous with age, how do you explain the fact that you’ve never had hip pain? After all, you’re five years older than your neighbor. Shouldn’t you have been dealing with hip pain for five years, now?

Here are a few other questions to consider:

What if that same neighbor had a bout of back pain when they were in their 30s? How do you explain that you’re just now dealing with it at 50?

What if that neighbor never develops knee pain when he is 50?

What about those folks who are either your same age or older than you who don’t have the exact same symptoms that you do?

How do you explain my personal pain story?

We need to start thinking of the body as a fine wine…getting better with age. That’s right. The longer we live, the more we’re moving, and if that movement is functional, we are keeping “normal aging process” at bay. How quickly we forget that only part of your body that knows how old you are is your mind. It’s true. Your knees, hips, intervertebral discs, shoulders, and other joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons have NO idea how old they are.

I think the perfect example of an “ageless” body is Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world’s oldest yoga teacher at 96 years YOUNG! Do yourself a favor and take two minutes to listen to her story (click on the picture to be taken to her TODAY Show interview):

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Do you want to know my favorite quote from that segment? “Before meeting Tao, you think that old age had a certain stigma to it, but you come to realize…that’s fictitious.”

“Fictitious”…did you hear that?

There is no “normal aging process.” There isn’t normal “wear and tear” on one joint and not another. Your pain has nothing to do with how old you are. It has everything to do with how your body is functioning, balanced, and aligned. Get the body aligned, get it functioning properly, and you just might find the fountain of youth!

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QUESTION: What symptom have you attributed to the age process?