Back pain and hip pain and spine issues merge for many chiropractic patients, prompting a visit to Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries. We are prepared to
help! Growing older presents some unique challenges for back, hip, and spine
pain patients but also some unique benefits
today thanks to novel ways to keeping
stability and dealing with and reducing pain. Your
Manchester chiropractor keeps abreast of these new
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 oddities. Different
aches and pains rear their heads one morning or mid-afternoon or
evening, requiring attention. For those Manchester 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 functioning. Researchers put this to the test! Decreased hip strength and
range of motion forecast 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 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 a long way! Today, 3D MRI images of the spine are now clinically possible.
Their benefit is higher spatial resolution, reformation in any
plane so the MRI process is faster, and interpretation is more precise.
Pretty cool! Another benefit, especially for back
pain sufferers who have undergone back surgery already with metal implants, etc., and now have continued pain is that 3D imaging makes available seeing
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 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 predisposes such folks
to falls, a lesser quality of life, and greater
risk of mortality in neurological diseases. Postural stability exercises are important
for such patients, important enough that they should do these forever
to decrease fall risk. (3) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries is all about
CONTACT Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Gary Stefanick on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes
his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to ease back pain after back
surgery. Back pain specialists like your Manchester chiropractor are able
to examine, diagnose, and manage post-surgical continued pain.
Set up your Manchester
chiropractic appointment today. Manchester chiropractic
patients find kinship with each other when it comes to back pain, hip pain, and
spine stability as well as help from their chiropractic care. See you soon!