Aging can cause a number of aches, pains, and other health issues. For many older adults, the care delivered by chiropractors can be a critical strategy for preventing or managing pain. This includes not only spinal manipulations, but also therapeutic exercise, acupuncture, fall-prevention counseling, and nutritional advice.
According to a recent report, the services provided by chiropractic doctors can improve the overall health and quality of life of older patient. Chiropractors often utilize multiple treatment types in order to address the patient as a whole, rather than just the musculoskeletal symptoms. The report finds that when working with older patients, chiropractors must first evaluate any risks posed by the patient’s age or health in order to choose the most effective strategy for the patient. It is also important for the chiropractor to discuss the patient’s current symptoms along with preventive strategies in order to adequately meet the needs of the older patient.
A 2009 study found chiropractic care to be a safe, effective treatment for many conditions associated with aging, such as back, neck, and joint pain; dizziness; and pain caused by osteoarthritis, spinal degeneration, or scoliosis. And of course, regardless of the patient’s age, chiropractic care offers more than just pain treatment.
Dougherty P, et al. The role of chiropractic care in older adults. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2012; 20(3): doi:10.1186/2045-709X-20-3.