Back pain and hip pain and spine issues merge for many chiropractic patients, bringing
them into Layden Chiropractic. We’re here to
help! Getting older presents some unique challenges for those
who experience back, hip and spine pain but also some unique positive effects
today thanks to novel ways to keeping
stability and coping with and reducing pain. Your
Plainville chiropractor keeps on top of these novel
approaches and is prepared to help you!
SIMPLE TESTS FOR OLDER ADULTS AND THEIR SPINES
Older folks understand that with age comes ‘wisdom’…and
its own set of distinctive peculiarities. Different
aches and pains arise one morning or mid-afternoon or
evening, requiring attention. For those Plainville back
pain sufferers who are a little older, hip range of motion and
strength may predict 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 forecast a decline in
function a year later. Hip osteoarthritis did not affect these outcomes. (1)
Your chiropractor will perform a thorough examination and knows some easy-to-do 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, 3D MRI images of the spine 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.
Neat! Another benefit, especially for back
pain sufferers who have undergone back surgery already with metal implants, etc., and now have pain
again is that 3D imaging permits 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
impact other areas and even prompt more pain. A
postural disorder some older back pain sufferers may have is
called Pisa Syndrome which is caused by lateral flexion of
the spine greater than 10 degrees which predisposes such folks
to falls, a lower quality of life, and greater
risk of mortality in neurological diseases. Postural stability exercises are essential
for such patients, important enough that they should do these forever
to reduce fall risk. (3) Layden Chiropractic is all about
CONTACT Layden Chiropractic
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 Plainville chiropractor are able
to examine, diagnose, and manage post-surgical continued pain.
Make your Plainville
chiropractic appointment soon. Plainville chiropractic
patients find kinship with each other when it comes to back pain, hip pain, and
spine stability as well as relief from their chiropractic care. See you soon!