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Hip pain

“You Don’t Want To Fall Do You?”

   If you have hip pain, or you’ve fallen, you’re just not feeling like you have the right balance, or you know someone with these symptoms, this is something you or they will want to read.

   I hate being technical, but sometimes you want to know the facts. Well… here they are. Hip osteoarthritis (OA) is a common musculoskeletal problem in older adults. It also is a frequent cause of disability and results in nearly 200,000 total hip replacements per year in the United States. That’s a lot of surgeries that might have been prevented.

   Chiropractic care for hip (OA) consists of mobilization and muscle stretching, which shows a beneficial effect according to research.

   A controlled study reported that 3 weeks of chiropractic care had a beneficial effect.

   In other case reports, it was found that adjustments… with strengthening exercises… offered beneficial results in hip (OA) patients in a short amount of time, depending on the severity.   

   Furthermore, a randomized controlled trial on the conservative treatment of hip (OA) found that the patients in the manual therapy treatment group (adjustment and mobilization) had better outcomes on pain, stiffness, hip function, and range of motion (ROM) than the patients in the exercise only therapy program.

   Like hip (OA,) poor balance and falls in older adults are major problems as seen by the high frequency of falls in those individuals older than 65 years. Getting older is not fun if you can’t do what you want to do, when you want to do it.

   FACT: Falls are a leading cause of nonfatal injury in older adults and account for two thirds of all unintentional injury deaths!

   The cause of falls is a complex issue consisting of many factors, but impairments in balance and gait represent some of the most important modifiable risk factors.  

   Clinical research shows a potential link between pain/dysfunction of the neuromusculoskeletal system and poor postural control/balance and gait.

   In a recent controlled trial, (this is some more of the research I was talking about) improved gait (as measured by walking speed) was seen in hip (OA) patients after 5 weeks of the specialized therapy that we do at this office. Improved balance and walking speed can be seen in this specialized therapy when combined with the right types of exercise.

   The effect of specialized chiropractic care on people’s poor balance, gait, and chronic pain was shown; and we want to determine the different conditions/patients that might respond to chiropractic care with improved balance and gait.

   If you, or anyone you know - - has hip pain, a history of repetitive falls, poor balance, or hip (OA,) do me a big favor. Give them this flyer. It’s important that they do something that can help them or yourself…overcome these problems naturally-before gait, balance or bodily functions are impaired. If you’re not adjusted regularly, you’re not trying very hard to avoid problems like this. Call today to schedule a check up and examination with me for (OA) if you have any type of hip pains.

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