Chronic Pain Linked to Higher Risk Of Falls In Older Individuals

Studies show that patients who suffer from chronic pain and chronic back pain can be at higher risk for falls which is a considerable, sometimes deadly condition for older patients. Sadly, chronic pain and chronic back pain is an ordinary companion of people of older age.

From the Journal of the American Medical Association, a group of researchers reported on a recent study that followed more than 700 adults over the age 70 who were living in Boston. The adults, who had medical assessment before they started in the recent trial, kept a record with dates and any pain they suffered from and how it affected their everyday life.

In general the clinical trial last for around a year and a half. After a year and a half, the group of researchers recognized that adults who said they suffered from pain in two or more joints in one month were fifty percent more likely to fall in the next month than people who did not report joint pain. Of course, back pain was not associated with all injuries from falls. In effect, the added risk for adults with multiple joint pain persisted after the team of researchers collected data for many factors such as a existing medical history of injuries from falls, use of medications, any ailments, or any balance concerns.

It is said that the study’s research mean chronic pain and chronic back pain should not be purely dismissed all the time. Clearly, based on the study’s findings that chronic pain and chronic back pain should be taken more seriously, especially in adults of older age.

Bear in mind that it may not be only simple aches or pains; it may basically be a issue that puts a adult at higher risk for injury due to falls, which can lead to hospitalization and most likely further disability. Also, if we can control chronic pain and chronic back pain, will patients have fewer falls? Surely, if a individual has chronic pain and chronic back pain, they should talk about it physician to be certain the pain is regulated sufficiently and correctly.

For this and many other reasons, the president of the American Geriatrics Society stated that the study should remind patients that chronic pain and chronic back pain is many a time an under-recognized and under-treated problem.

Accordingly, this study assists us to appreciate that pain in a patient’s daily lifestyle affects more than merely them being hurt. In the end, the most essential message is we should not ignore chronic pain and chronic back pain in older people.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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