According to an article in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics May 2017 issue, for older adults, evidence has shown that an effective and safe back pain treatment alternative is presented by chiropractic therapy and care.
The retirement age adult population needs cost-effective, evidence-based care on a growing basis today. There can be little doubt about that. A very attractive alternative currently is chiropractic care. In therapy such as this, different treatment modalities are incorporated. SMT (spinal manipulative therapy) is a chiropractor-delivered key treatment.
Here, we’ll examine chiropractic care for retirement age (and up) individuals.
Low Back Pain Treatment – Spinal Manipulation
For low back pain, it has been established that a good first-line treatment is SMT (spinal manipulative therapy). Other beneficial treatments, in addition to SMT, include exercise regimes and other chiropractor-recommended therapies.
When using manual procedures to treat older adults, in the management and assessment of patients, the biophysical social model of pain needs to be incorporated. This includes changes in the musculoskeletal and neurologic systems which are age-related. During the physical examination, special consideration may be required by older adults (due to decreased flexibility, muscle loss, peripheral neuropathy, etc.)
Caring for Older Adults
Health professionals are advised to remember that today’s aging population can have substance use, depression, and/or cognitive issues – in addition to other factors – that create a complex level of needed care. To make sure that a complete clinical approach is planned and applied, geriatric health providers must be fluent in screening tools that are evidence-based.
A Less Invasive Approach
For musculoskeletal pain, the least invasive option could well be chiropractic care – particularly where today’s aging population is concerned. If your loved one is in need of care, this is likely an important aspect. Rest assured, it is for them! The less invasive a procedure is, the better – in the minds of many. Chiropractic care for the management of musculoskeletal pain is very likely one of (if not the) most cost-effective, safe, and effective conservative management strategies.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation floating around that your aging loved one may have heard. Make sure that you enlighten them as to the benefits – as well as the safety – of today’s current chiropractic therapies. Get as many references as you can when considering a particular therapist. He or she may even be able to talk to someone your aging loved one trusts or knows for advice or recommendation.
Again – the bottom line is that chiropractic therapy and care is a good, safe alternative treatment for older adults.
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In fact, there are numerous programs designed specifically to benefit retirement age individuals at Discovery Village At Stuart.
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