Balance, Chronic Pain and
The results showed decreased pain and increased balance; helping to avoid falls
William J. Owens DC, DAAMLP
Mark Studin DC, FASBE (C), DAAPM, DAAMLP
In a recent study from the University of California’s Geriatric Primary Care lecture, the presenter stated, “Ambulatory elderly fill between 9-13 prescriptions a year...” (Johnston, 2001, slide 3 ).She goes on to state, “Surveys indicate that elders take average of 2-4 nonprescription drugs daily” (Johnston, 2001, slide 5). Adding additional “pills” to the mix for pain is often not a very good idea. Although necessary medications are clearly indicated and needed, what are the options for those medications that are optional and potentially dangerous when taken over a long period of time?
In a recent study published in a chiropractic research journal, the authors stated, “The purpose of this study was to collect preliminary information on the effect of a limited and extended course of chiropractic care on balance, chronic pain, and associated dizziness in a sample of older adults with impaired balance" (Hawk, Cambron, & Pfefer, 2009, p.438). The results showed decreased pain and increased balance (helping to avoid falls).
The authors finally reported, "Another interesting finding in this study that warrants further investigation is that it appeared that for the group on the extended care schedule, pain and disability decreased and remained at a lower level than for the limited care schedule, for the year we followed patients. This provides preliminary support for chiropractic maintenance care for older adults with chronic pain” (Hawk, Cambron, & Pfefer, 2009, p.445).
This study along with many others concludes that a drug-free approach of chiropractic care is one of the best solutions for pregnant patients with balance disorders and chronic pain. To find a qualified doctor of chiropractic near you go to the US Chiropractic Directory at www.uschirodirectory.comand search your state.
1. Johnston, C. B. (2001, May). Drugs and the Elderly: Practical Considerations. PowerPoint presentation presented at the UCSF Division of Geriatrics Primary Care Lecture Series.
2. Hawk, C., Cambron, J. A., & Pfefer, M. T. (2009). Pilot study of the effect of a limited and extended course of chiropractic care on balance, chronic pain and dizziness in older adults. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 32(6), 438-477.
Studin, M. (2009). U.S. Chiropractic Directory. Retrieved From http://www.uschirodirectory.com.