Falls account for over 8 million visits to the emergency room each year, making up almost 22% of total visits for injury. For people 65 years and older, falls are the number one reason for injury-related visits to the hospital. These accidents can occur anywhere, from the house to work to a public setting, and the most common injuries associated with falls are bone fractures to the hips, back, neck, legs, or arms along with brain and spinal cord injuries like bulged or herniated discs.
Injuries from falls can result in disability and long-term pain. While some people do experience visible injuries that require immediate medical attention, some people don’t feel the pain until days or weeks later. While the internal injuries may seem minor, they can grow into something more if left alone. Chiropractic treatments for falls in Palm Beach Gardens can be beneficial for a variety of reasons, especially with regards to preventing further injuries because. Some of the most helpful aspects of chiropractic care with regard to falls include:
Our chiropractic team uses a combination of techniques, sometimes including physical therapy and massage therapy, to offer individualized treatment plans for individuals of all ages who may be struggling with pain from slip and fall injuries. It might seem daunting to elderly individuals who do not want abrupt movements on their spine or neck, but the chiropractic team engages in an examination prior to the onset of treatment to determine what would be the safest and most effective course of treatment. They utilize different slow-movement and gentle techniques to realign the spine and neck as well as massage the joints and muscles that might be experiencing pain or tension due to injury.
The chiropractic team and physical therapists in our Palm Beach Gardens location can also employ a variety of stretching and strengthening techniques, electrical stimulation, massage, hot and cold therapy, or ultrasound therapy for pain-free and gentle treatment.
People who have sustained injuries due to a fall are more likely to fall again. If the original injuries are left untreated, the second fall can be disabling to many. It is important to use chiropractic care and physical therapy to help prevent future injury due to falls, especially in older patients where those injuries can prove to be extremely serious. Our chiropractors and physical therapists can:
Chiropractors can help alleviate symptoms of pain associated with the injuries from a fall in a safe way during the healing process. Gentle manipulation techniques and massaging can help to realign the spine and neck which will allow the body to begin the natural healing process. Massage can release tension in muscles that are healing, and various exercises are helpful in strengthening joints and increasing mobility and range of motion for continued healing. These are important to do during the healing process to keep the muscles and joints from locking up in unnatural ways which can cause even more pain and lead to future injury that may require surgery for treatment. Chiropractic care and physical therapy focus on helping you heal while making sure that there is little risk for further injury.
In many cases, there will not be severe pain after a fall. Because of that, the need for treatment is ignored until another injury occurs or until another fall occurs and medical care is necessary. Even if you have mild soreness from a fall, it is recommended that you at least get some sort of physical exam or consultation at a Palm Beach Gardens fall specialist, that way the exact source and type of pain can be pinpointed and treated.
Chiropractors are trained to decide whether their treatment plans are effective forms of care for individuals who come in with complaints of pain, and if it is not, they will make recommendations for the individual on where to go. Most times, however, realignment and massage can drastically reduce pain in individuals who have fallen which allows their body to then heal properly and with little to no after-effects of the fall. Setting up a consultation is easy and can be an effective way of determining where your pain comes from, what type of pain you have, and how best to be free from it.