When you or a loved one is in pain, the last thing you want to worry about is unintended effects of the treatment. But this is a factor in many health care decisions. Do the side effects of the medication or treatment outweigh the potential benefits?
This is especially a consideration when dealing with an elderly patient. Younger people, in general, recover more quickly than their elders who are more likely to be dealing with chronic issues. Additionally, the elderly are more likely to be on “maintenance” medications for various maladies such as heart disease or diabetes. Therefore the potential interaction of the patient’s regular medication with a new medication or procedure must be considered.
A study published in Spine compared elderly patients who received a chiropractic manipulation with those who saw their primary care doctor for an evaluation for a neuromusculoskeletal problem. They tabulated the risk of injury to the head, neck or trunk within 7 days of the office visit. Their findings were eye-opening. The probability of injury for the group who saw a chiropractor was 40 injuries per 100,000 subjects. Meanwhile, the primary care group had a shocking probability of 153 injuries per 100,000! That’s more than three times as many!
While the specific causes of the injuries were not specified, with a 76% increase, it is certainly worth noting. Chiropractic’s emphasis on natural means of helping the body heal itself rather than relying on medications or invasive procedures may help explain this difference. Additionally, chiropractic has repeatedly been shown to be a safe, successful and cost-effective treatment for disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.
If you or a loved one is experiencing back or neck pain, evaluate the options and choose #chiropractic1st.
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