Back pain and hip pain and spine issues all come together
at once for many chiropractic patients, prompting a visit to Aaron Chiropractic Clinic. We are ready to
help! Growing older has some unique challenges for back, hip, and spine
pain sufferers but also some unique positive effects
today thanks to novel ways to keeping
stability and dealing with and reducing pain. Your
Fort Wayne chiropractor keeps abreast of these novel
approaches and is prepared to help you!
SIMPLE TESTS FOR OLDER ADULTS AND THEIR SPINES
Older folks know that with age comes ‘wisdom’…and
its own set of distinctive peculiarities. Different
aches and pains rear their heads one morning or mid-afternoon or
evening, requiring attention. For those Fort Wayne back
pain sufferers who are a bit older, hip range of motion and
strength may foretell how 12 months down the road a
chronic low back pain patient may be performing. Researchers put this to the test! Reduced hip strength and
range of motion predicted a deterioration in
function a year later. Hip osteoarthritis did not affect these outcomes. (1)
Your chiropractor will perform a thorough examination and has some simple tests of hip
strength and range of motion – gait speed, 6-minute walk test, subjective
questionnaires, even imaging as necessary - to exclude as a diagnosis osteoarthritis.
3D IMAGING BENEFITS
Imaging has come far! Today, MRI images
of the spine in 3D are now clinically possible.
Their advantage is higher spatial resolution, reformation in any
plane so the MRI process is faster, and interpretation is more accurate.
Pretty cool! Another benefit, especially for back
pain sufferers who have had prior
back surgery with metal implants, etc., and now have pain
again is that 3D imaging allows viewing
around the metal. (2) Such views can help doctors
see issues at adjacent spine levels.
A SPECIFIC SPINE ISSUE: PISA SYNDROME
Pain issues in one area of the spine can surely
affect other areas and even trigger more pain. A
postural disorder some older back pain sufferers may experience is
called Pisa Syndrome which is characterized by lateral flexion of
the spine greater than 10 degrees which sets them up
to falls, a lower quality of life, and increased
risk of mortality in neurological diseases. Postural stability exercises are important
for such patients, essential enough that they should do these always
to decrease fall risk. (3) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic is all about
CONTACT Aaron Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Gary Stefanick on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses
his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to ease back pain after back
surgery. Back pain specialists like your Fort Wayne chiropractor are equipped
to examine, diagnose, and treat post-surgical continued pain.
Make your Fort Wayne
chiropractic appointment soon. Fort Wayne chiropractic
patients find camaraderie with each other when back pain, hip
pain, and spine stability are involved as well as relief from their chiropractic care. We
look forward to seeing you soon!