Chiropractic Safe for Seniors with Back Pain

Aging often comes with a variety of aches and pains. It's no surprise then that older adults have double the risk of chronic back pain compared to younger adults. Even though seniors are more likely to suffer from musculoskeletal conditions like back and neck pain, they are significantly less likely to seek care for their chronic back pain compared to younger adults. It's possible that seniors simply accept pain as a "normal." While you can expect to experience more aches with aging, that doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to a life filled with pain.

Recent research suggests that chiropractic treatments can ease pain in older adults, while improving their overall quality of life. A 2009 study showed that older adults with low-back pain treated with chiropractic spinal adjustments had better improvements in functional recovery compared to those not treated by a chiropractor. The chiropractic treatments were found to be safe for seniors, since no adverse events were reported.

In another study from 2012, seniors treated with chiropractic care had an average recovery rate of 78%. Chiropractic care included treatment we commonly use at our Aloha clinic such as spinal adjustments, manual therapy, and exercise rehabilitation. Patients treated by a chiropractor had significantly reduced pain and disability.

Our Aloha chiropractors offer non-invasive treatments to relieve pain and improve the quality of life of older patients. Multiple studies have confirmed the efficacy of chiropractic and physical therapy for relieving conditions associated with aging such as arthritis, spinal degeneration, disc herniation, and more. We use gentle, effective methods for relieving pain in older adults, whether you are coping with a chronic condition or are recovering from an auto injury. Contact our office in Aloha, OR for back pain relief today.

References
Dougherty PE, Hawk C, and Weiner D, et al. The role of chiropractic care in older adults. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2012; 20 (3): doi:10.1186/2045-709X-20-3.

Hondras MA, Long CR, Cao Y, Rowell RM, Meeker WC. A randomized controlledtrial comparing 2 types of spinal manipulation and minimal conservative medical care for adults 55 years and older with subacute or chronic low back pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy 2009; 32:330–343.

Knauer SR, et al. Chronic low back pain among older adults: a population-based perspective. Journal of Aging and Health;22(8):1213-34.

Learman K, Showalter C, O’Halloran B, Cook C. Thrust and nonthrust manipulation for older adults with low back pain: an evaluation of pain and disability. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; 36(5): 284-291, doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.05.007.

August 19, 2013
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