Chiropractic: Seniors with Chronic Back Pain… 
New research suggests that older adults with chronic back pain often have other musculoskeletal pain conditions. Among a group of 839 seniors with persistent back pain, 93% had pain in at least one additional area and 69% had pain in two or more additional sites. The researchers add that they have identified an association between the number of body sites in which an individual had musculoskeletal pain and both greater back pain intensity and an elevated risk for falling.

Chiropractic: Active or Static Stretching for Neck Pain?1/14/19

Among a group of 24 sedentary workers with neck pain, researchers found that both active and passive stretching resulted in similar improvements in range of motion, pain threshold, and perceived disability. Doctors of chiropractic commonly incorporate these types of stretches into their treatment plans for patients with neck issues. 

Chiropractic: Deep Neck Muscle Training for Neck Pain. 1/7/19

The deep neck muscles, which help maintain cervical posture, are often weak or deconditioned in patients with neck pain. In this study, researchers observed that neck pain patients who engaged in deep cervical flexor training experienced improved neuromuscular coordination and head/neck posture—changes not seen in a control group that did not perform such exercises. Doctors of chiropractic commonly train patients with neck pain to perform deep neck muscle exercises as part of the treatment process. 

Chiropractic: Grip Strength Linked to Low Back Pain. 1/28/19
A review of health data concerning 15,000 South Korean adults revealed that women over the age of 50 with a weaker grip (which may indicate lower fitness levels) were more likely to report chronic low back pain than those with a stronger grip. The findings suggest that maintaining an active lifestyle in middle and old age may reduce one’s risk for developing low back pain. 

Chiropractic: Diabetes-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. 12/31/19

According to a new paper published in the European Journal of Rheumatology, patients with diabetes mellitus have an elevated risk for a number of musculoskeletal conditions, including: limited joint mobility syndrome, frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis, Dupuytren’s contracture, carpal tunnel syndrome, stiff hand syndrome, flexor tenosynovitis, Charcot osteoarthropathy, gouty arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic amyotrophy, diabetic muscle infarction, diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, and osteoporosis. Doctors of chiropractic commonly treat many of these conditions, often in conjunction with a patient’s medical provider, when appropriate. 

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Chiropractic: Low Back Pain Linked to Depression.2/4/19

Among a group of 152 older adults, researchers found that those with a history of back pain scored higher on assessments used to measure depression. The findings suggest that low back pain may be a potential risk for increased depression in older adults and managing a patient’s back pain may provide mental health benefits.

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