Chiropractic Safe for Older Patients with Musculoskeletal Pain

We see patients of all ages in our Portland chiropractic office, but we find that chiropractic is especially beneficial for our older neighbors. As we age, it's important to stay active and mobile. Research shows that people who stay active are less likely to develop long-term health problems than those who lead more sedentary lives.

Now new research finds that chiropractic is also safer for older people than medical care for musculoskeletal aches and pains.

In this study published in the reputable medical journal Spine, researchers from Dartmouth University looked at the Medicare records of over 6 million people over 66 who sought care for musculoskeletal problems, like back or neck pain. They found that patients who received chiropractic care had a 76% lower rate of injury within seven days of treatment, compared to those who saw a medical doctor for care:

"In conclusion, among Medicare beneficiaries ages 66-99 with an office visit risk for a neuromusculoskeletal problem, risk of injury to the head, neck or trunk within seven days was 76% lower among subjects with a chiropractic office visit as compared to those who saw a primary care physician. Among subjects who saw a chiropractor, the likelihood of injury was increased in those with chronic coagulation defect, inflammatory spondylopathy, osteoporosis, aortic aneurysm and dissection, or long term use of anticoagulant therapy."

The increased risk to patients with cardiovascular issues is certainly something to take seriously, and we work closely with medical providers to make sure that chiropractic is a safe option for our patients with these health problems.

This study shows that chiropractic is safe for people with back or neck problems, no matter your age. If you would like to stay active and healthy, give our Portland office a call today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment. If you have concerns about whether chiropractic is the best option for you, we'd be happy to answer all of your questions!

Whedon JM, Mackenzie TA, Phillips RB, Lurie JD. Risk of traumatic injury associated with chiropractic spinal manipulation. Spine 2014;Dec 9.