“Have you fallen in the last year?”
That is the most suitable conversation
starting question a doctor can post
to a patient to determine fall risk. (1) From that
answer, fall risk issues can be discussed and prevention suggestions
can be communicated. Both physical issues of falls as well as
nutritional issues are important. Your Richmond
chiropractor is aware of fall risk in our
Richmond chiropractic patient group. Johnson Chiropractic
considers the influencing physical and
nutritional aspects of falls to assist our Richmond
THE FALL RISK ISSUE
Not a surprise to you or Johnson Chiropractic,
but the aging population is rising. By 2029, folks older than
65 will comprise 20% of the population, and they will be more
numerous than folks younger than 18! Those stats
alone are amazing. But what about some of the problems
that will accompany this aging population.
One is fall risk. What contributes to the risk of falls? Nutritional
status is since it impacts frailty and
sarcopenia (muscle weakness). One approach to lowering
the risk of falls is to take care of
malnutrition. (2) Johnson Chiropractic knows nutrition and understands Richmond fall risk.
WHO CAN DETERMINE FALL RISK?
In 2015, 31% of all U.S. family physician appointments
were for people over 65 years of
age. By 2030, there will be 72 million over-65-year-olds. These adults
are living longer and living with all sorts
of chronic issues and worrying about how to manage them in the
healthcare system and how to pay for the healthcare they need.
Sound familiar? Of course, Johnson Chiropractic and you all know someone in this situation now. It’s up to the
doctors who see these patients to help
them manage their healthcare issues. These doctors must be equipped
to identify what issues these patients are at risk of
experiencing. Falls are one of the big issues challenging older
adults. (1) Nutritional status must be addressed to
prevent falls, but how can a doctor figure out
who needs their nutritional status checked to prevent falls?
Family physicians are often first line doctors for this job
as they see so many patients. Your Richmond chiropractor is also
great at this!
WHAT KIND OF NUTRITION HELPS?
A evaluation of published research studies concerning
16,540 elderly people compared to 16,146 people in control groups revealed
that supplementing with calcium plus vitamin D significantly lowered
the risk of falls. (3) Bone health is so important! Johnson Chiropractic is well versed
in nutrition and prepared to assist our
Richmond chiropractic patients at risk of falling and/or who discover
that they are in a state of malnutrition that puts
them at risk of falling. Plus, Johnson Chiropractic offers the gentlest of chiropractic manipulation care to maintain a spine mobile and healthy as possible with Cox Technic!
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
Schedule a Richmond chiropractic visit now.
An assessment of your risk of fall can be done as needed.
A personalized nutritional plan can be made
to enhance health and reduce the risk of falling. The
talk between your Richmond chiropractor and you at
Johnson Chiropractic will begin with the simple question: “Have you
fallen in the past year?” and build from there.