Back pain sufferers more likely to fall

Isn’t it funny how in the moment back pain hits you, it’s when you’re doing something relatively harmless? But no matter how you got that twinge, pang, or spasm, it hurts all the same.

And according to the latest research, your misery doesn’t just stop with that back pain – because once you’ve got it, you’re more likely to fall.

Researchers from Portland, Oregon analyzed the data from 6,000 elderly men and found that those with back pain were more 30 per cent more likely to fall multiple times.

Sure, back pain might make you lose your balance. But I don’t think it’s the actual pain that’s making people fall.

It’s more likely the pain pills!

Your doctor doesn’t know what else to do for pain like this, so probably with the best of intentions, you will probably end up with a prescription for powerful painkillers.

The problem is: These pain killers do NOTHING to address the source of your back pain. So, even if it does eventually go away, there’s nothing stopping you from “throwing out” your back again and again if you don’t know what’s causing it to go out in the first place.

If you’re a little on the older side, a fall is a risk you don’t want to take. Even a minor one could land you in the hospital – or, worse yet, a nursing home, where you’ll lose your independence for good.

In addition if you feel drowsy after taking pain medication, your dosage might be too high or too strong for you. So, work with your doctor to switch to something that won’t make you feel unsteady on your feet.

As a medical acupuncturist, I have seen the amazing results acupuncture can offer for pain reduction, particularly in the low back.

And you don’t just have to take my word for it – because a study recently showed that acupuncture works as well or better than MORPHINE for controlling pain.

Another recent study also concluded that people with lower back pain can find relief through practicing yoga – even if they’ve been experiencing that pain for a long time.

You don’t have to be a contortionist or know how to do a handstand to get into yoga. Look for a class for beginners or specifically aimed at elderly people in your area. A good yoga instructor will help you learn at a comfortable pace.

Taking yoga can also help you work on your stability and balance – which will lower your risk of falling as well.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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