Back pain and hip pain and spine issues merge for many chiropractic patients, bringing
them into Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.. We’re prepared to
help! Growing older presents some unique challenges for back, hip, and spine
pain sufferers but also some unique positive effects
today thanks to novel approaches to keeping
stability and coping with and reducing pain. Your
Auburn chiropractor keeps abreast of these novel
approaches and is ready 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 peculiarities. Different
aches and pains arise one morning or mid-afternoon or
evening, demanding attention. For those Auburn back
pain sufferers who are a bit older, hip range of motion and
strength may foretell how 12 months later a
chronic low back pain patient may be performing. Researchers tested
this out! Decreased hip strength and
range of motion forecast a decline 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, MRI images
of the spine in 3D are now clinically possible.
Their advantage is higher spatial resolution, reformation in any
plane so the MRI process is faster, and interpretation is more accurate.
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 permits viewing
around the metal. (2) Such views can help doctors
see problems at adjacent spine levels.
A SPECIFIC SPINE ISSUE: PISA SYNDROME
Pain issues in one area of the spine can certainly
impact other areas and even prompt more pain. A
postural disorder some older back pain sufferers may have is
called Pisa Syndrome which is caused by lateral flexion of
the spine greater than 10 degrees which sets them up
to falls, a lower quality of life, and increased
risk of mortality in neurological diseases. Postural stability exercises are essential
for such patients, essential enough that they should do these always
to decrease fall risk. (3) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is all about
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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 Auburn chiropractor are able
to examine, diagnose, and treat post-surgical continued pain.
Schedule your Auburn
chiropractic appointment soon. Auburn chiropractic
patients find camaraderie with each other when it comes to back pain, hip pain, and
spine stability as well as help from their chiropractic care. We
look forward to seeing you soon!