Impacts of Aging


Lead Author(s): 

Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Se Won Lee, MD

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

As most entrapment neuropathies and radiculopathies increase with age, the burden of these conditions is increasing with the aging demographic profile of the US. The elderly were reported to have a higher prevalence of severe carpal tunnel syndrome.1 Due to age-related changes in the spine, the underlying etiologies of radiculopathy are different among various age groups. For example, radiculopathy from disc herniation is common in young adults, whereas spinal stenosis and spondylosis are more common in the elderly population.2

  • 1. Seror P. Carpal tunnel syndrome in the elderly: "Beware of severe cases". Ann Chir Main Memb Super 1991;10(3):217-25.
  • 2. Benoist M. Natural history of the aging spine. European Spine Journal 2003;12(suppl 2):S86-S89.


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