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Chronic Pain Linked To Risk Of Fall In Elderly

25 November 2009 No Comment
Following on from previous articles where we looked at ability to perform normal everyday functions as being an important predictor of having a fall for older people, new research has shown the amount of pain someone is in will also be a key predictor. Which makes sense when you think about it – if you’re in pain, you’re probably not going to be walking properly, you might have a limp, favour one side, and thus be a bit off balance.
Basically what they found was that the more sites of pain you have (eg having pain in your back AND your hip AND your knee) and the more severe your pain is, the more likely you are to have a fall.
“The findings provide evidence suggesting that the common complaint of the aches and pains of old age is related to a greater hazard than previously thought,” the study authors conclude.
Thankfully we know that certain exercises help reduce the likelihood of a fall, that dietary intake of vitamins C and E was linked with muscle strength http://bit.ly/8ob1Zl, and we know that osteopathic treatment can help alleviate aches and pains (hint hint).
JAMA. 2009;302:2214-2221.

Following on from previous articles where we looked at ability to perform normal everyday functions as being an important predictor of having a fall for older people, new research has shown the amount of pain someone is in will also be a key predictor. Which makes sense when you think about it – if you’re in pain, you’re probably not going to be walking properly, you might have a limp, favour one side, and thus be a bit off balance.

Basically what they found was that the more sites of pain you have (eg having pain in your back AND your hip AND your knee) and the more severe your pain is, the more likely you are to have a fall.

“The findings provide evidence suggesting that the common complaint of the aches and pains of old age is related to a greater hazard than previously thought,” the authors of the study concluded.

Thankfully we know that certain exercises help reduce the likelihood of a fall, that dietary intake of vitamins C and E was linked with improved muscle strength, and we know that osteopathic treatment can help alleviate aches and pains (hint hint).

JAMA. 2009;302:2214-2221.

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