“Have you fallen in the last year?”
That’s the most suitable opening question a doctor can ask a patient to ascertain fall risk. (1) From that
answer, fall risk issues can be discussed and prevention suggestions
can be shared. Both physical issues of falls as well as
nutritional issues play a role. Your Vancouver
chiropractor is sensitive to fall risk in our
Vancouver chiropractic patient population. Vancouver Spine Care Centre
considers the influencing physical and
nutritional aspects of falls to help our Vancouver
THE FALL RISK ISSUE
Not a surprise to you or Vancouver Spine Care Centre,
but the aging population is increasing. By 2029, folks older than
65 will comprise 20% of the population, and they will be more
numerous than folks younger than 18! Those statistics
alone are amazing. But what about some of the issues
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 lowering
the fall risk is to take care of
malnutrition. (2) Vancouver Spine Care Centre knows nutrition and understands Vancouver fall risk.
WHO CAN DETERMINE FALL RISK?
In 2015, 31% of all U.S. family physician visits
were for folks over 65 years of
age. By 2030, there will be 72 million over-65-year-olds. These people
are living longer and experiencing all sorts
of chronic issues and worrying about how to manage them in the
healthcare system and how to pay for the healthcare they require.
Sound familiar? Of course, Vancouver Spine Care Centre and you all know someone in this situation today. It is 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 facing older
adults. (1) Nutritional status must be addressed to
prevent falls, but how can a doctor distinguish
who needs their nutritional status tested to prevent falls?
Family physicians are typically first line doctors for this task
as they see so many patients. Your Vancouver chiropractor is also
great at this!
WHAT KIND OF NUTRITION HELPS?
A evaluation 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 reduced
the risk of falls. (3) Bone health is so important! Vancouver Spine Care Centre is well educated
in nutrition and ready to assist our
Vancouver chiropractic patients at risk of falling and/or who find themselves in a state of malnutrition that puts
them at risk of falling. Plus, Vancouver Spine Care Centre offers the gentlest of chiropractic manipulation care to maintain a spine mobile and healthy as possible with Cox Technic!
CONTACT Vancouver Spine Care Centre
Schedule a Vancouver chiropractic visit today.
An assessment of your risk of fall can be done as needed.
An individualized nutritional plan can be set up
to enhance health and lower the risk of falling. The
talk between your Vancouver chiropractor and you at
Vancouver Spine Care Centre will begin with the simple question: “Have you
fallen in the past year?” and go from there.