“Have you fallen in the last year?”
That’s the most suitable conversation
starting question a doctor can post
to a patient to establish fall risk. (1) From there, fall risk issues can be talked about and prevention suggestions
can be shared. Both physical issues of falls as well as
nutritional issues are important. Your West Des Moines
chiropractor is sensitive to fall risk in our
West Des Moines chiropractic patient population. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
considers the influencing physical and
nutritional aspects of falls to help our West Des Moines
THE FALL RISK ISSUE
Not surprising to you or Executive Chiropractic of Iowa,
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 under 18! Those statistics
alone are amazing. But think about some of the issues
that will accompany this aging population.
One is fall risk. What contributes to the risk of falls? Nutritional
status is as it impacts frailty and
sarcopenia (muscle weakness). One approach to dropping
the fall risk is to address
malnutrition. (2) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa knows nutrition and understands West Des Moines fall risk.
WHO CAN DETERMINE FALL RISK?
In 2015, 31% of all U.S. family physician visits
were for people over 65 years of
age. By 2030, there will be 72 million over-65-year-olds. These people
are living longer and developing all types
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, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa and you all know someone in this set
of circumstances now. It’s up to the
doctors who see these patients to assist them in managing their healthcare issues. These doctors must be educated
to figure out 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 West Des Moines chiropractor is also
great at this!
WHAT KIND OF NUTRITION HELPS?
A review of published research studies concerning
16,540 elderly people compared to 16,146 people in control groups discovered
that supplementing with calcium plus vitamin D significantly lowered
the risk of falls. (3) Bone health is so important! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is well experienced
in nutrition and prepared to assist our
West Des Moines chiropractic patients at risk of falling and/or who discover
that they are in a state of malnutrition that places
them at risk of falling. Plus, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers the gentlest of chiropractic manipulation care to keep a spine mobile and healthy as possible with Cox Technic!
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
Schedule a West Des Moines chiropractic visit today.
An assessment of your risk of fall can be done as necessary.
An individualized nutritional plan can be set up
to enhance health and reduce the risk of falling. The
talk between your West Des Moines chiropractor and you at
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa will begin with the simple question: “Have you
fallen in the past year?” and go from there.