Research Results Low-back pain is the most frequently reported musculoskeletal complaint among the senior population, and it’s one of the primary reasons why older adults tend to experience more falls as they age. There is a clear relationship between low-back pain (LBP) and an increase in both falls and fear of falling. One way you can help combat this is by conducting an annual balance assessment on older patients and then providing them with appropriate action steps to improve their balance. Good posture is the interdependence of form and function and, to a surprising degree, an external expression of the state of body and mind.
Research Results But as you’ve surely noticed, many patients simply can’t get the restorative sleep they need because of pain from chronic conditions or acute injuries. Since the dangers of opioids and even over-the-counter medicines are well reported, your patients may feel frustrated trying to find relief that allows them to rest and recover. The result is that individuals with ongoing pain either put themselves at unnecessary risk hoping that they won’t become a statistic or put up with inadequate sleep each night.
Research Results Adolescence refers to the years between ages 13 and 19 and is considered the transitional stage from childhood to adulthood. The telltale transformations that occur can start during the preteen or “tween” years (ages 9 through 12), and last through the end of puberty (typically around age 15 for girls and 17 for boys); the physical, emotional and hormonal shifts can have parents scratching their heads, remarking that their child has “become someone else.”
Research Results Like the ghost of Christmas Past, the specters of arterial dissection and stroke continue to haunt the chiropractic profession. John Kinsinger, MD, and Stephen Barrett, MD, for example, have pilloried your practice with scenarios of stroke victims attributing their condition to the last time they experienced a cervical manipulation at the hands of a chiropractor. Articles in both the peer-reviewed and lay press have fanned the flames.
Research Results Unfortunately, the mainstream health care system is clearly failing those who suffer pain, particularly chronic pain (usually defined as daily pain lasting at least three months). Most patients start with over-the-counter (OTC) pain remedies before turning to their regular doctor. This invariably leads to a revolving door of specialists, tests, diagnoses, and pharmacological treatments, none of which seem to provide much in the way of relief.