Back pain and hip pain and spine issues merge for many chiropractic patients, prompting a visit to Back And Neck Care Center. We’re ready to
help! Getting older has some unique challenges for those
who experience back, hip and spine pain but also some unique benefits
today due to new approaches to maintaining
stability and dealing with and easing pain. Your
Severna Park chiropractor keeps on top of these new
approaches and is prepared to help you!
SIMPLE TESTS FOR OLDER ADULTS AND THEIR SPINES
Older folks know that with age comes ‘wisdom’…and
its own set of unique oddities. Different
aches and pains arise one morning or mid-afternoon or
evening, requiring attention. For those Severna Park back
pain sufferers who are a little older, hip range of motion and
strength may predict how 12 months later a
chronic low back pain patient may be performing. Researchers tested
this out! Reduced hip strength and
range of motion predicted 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 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 precise.
Neat! Another advantage, especially for back
pain sufferers who have had prior
back surgery with metal implants, etc., and now have continued pain is that 3D imaging permits viewing
around the metal. (2) Such views can assist doctors in seeing problems 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 increased
risk of mortality in neurological diseases. Postural stability exercises are essential
for such patients, important enough that they should do these always
to reduce fall risk. (3) Back And Neck Care Center is all about
CONTACT Back And Neck Care Center
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 Severna Park chiropractor are able
to examine, diagnose, and treat post-surgical continued pain.
Set up your Severna Park
chiropractic appointment today. Severna Park 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. We
look forward to seeing you soon!