“Have you fallen in the last year?”
That’s the most suitable conversation
starting question a healthcare person can post
to a patient to determine fall risk. (1) From there, fall risk issues can be talked about and prevention tips
can be communicated. Both physical issues of falls as well as
nutritional issues play a role. Your Sitka
chiropractor is responsive to fall risk in our
Sitka chiropractic patient population. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
looks at the influential physical and
nutritional aspects of falls to help our Sitka
THE FALL RISK ISSUE
Not a surprise to you or Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka,
but the aging population is rising. By 2029, folks older than
65 will make up 20% of the population, and they will be more
numerous than folks younger than 18! Those numbers
alone are amazing. But what about some of the problems
that will come with this aging population.
One is fall risk. What contributes to the risk of falls? Nutritional
status is since it influences frailty and
sarcopenia (muscle weakness). One approach to reducing
the risk of falls is to deal with
malnutrition. (2) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka knows nutrition and understands Sitka fall risk.
WHO CAN DETERMINE FALL RISK?
In 2015, 31% of all U.S. family physician visits
were for adults over 65 years of
age. By 2030, there will be 72 million over-65-year-olds. These adults
are living longer and having all sorts
of chronic issues and worrying about how to handle them in the
healthcare system and how to pay for the healthcare they require.
Sound familiar? Of course, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka and you all know someone in this set
of circumstances today. It’s up to the
doctors who take care of these patients to assist them in managing 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 facing 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 Sitka chiropractor is also
great at this!
WHAT KIND OF NUTRITION HELPS?
A review of published research studies about
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! Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is well experienced
in nutrition and ready to assist our
Sitka chiropractic patients at risk of falling and/or who find themselves in a state of malnutrition that puts
them at risk of falling. Plus, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka offers the gentlest of chiropractic manipulation care to maintain a spine mobile and healthy as possible with Cox Technic!
CONTACT Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
Schedule a Sitka chiropractic visit today.
An assessment of your risk of fall can be done as needed.
An individualized nutritional plan can be made
to enhance health and lower the risk of falling. The
talk between your Sitka chiropractor and you at
Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka will begin with the simple question: “Have you
fallen in the past year?” and go from there.