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  • Dr. Brian Ferris

Chronic Pain in the Elderly

chronic pain

The front-page article in this month's AARP Bulletin is entitled "The War On Chronic Pain."  It seems a lot of senior citizens are suffering with chronic pain.  According to the article, 31% of seniors suffer from this problem.  Medical doctors can't use opioids as freely as they once did.  Again, according to the article, "attempts to treat chronic pain with medication have led to an opioid abuse epidemic so severe that overdoses are now among the leading causes of death for adults ages 50-70."  There are no other truly effective painkillers available.  So, what do you do?

People are living longer, but an argument can be made that they aren't living better. Chronic pain, arthritis, loss of mobility, loss of quality of life.....these affect a large part of our elderly population.  Chiropractic care can be an answer to this group.  Removing subluxations (structural fixations) in the spine and other joints can promote greater movement, natural pain relief, less arthritis, greater balance and other benefits to health.

The AARP article goes on to recommend other treatments for chronic pain like mindfulness, movement therapy, behavioral therapy.  All good and worthy avenues to explore but it might be a good idea to explore chiropractic as well.

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