Fall risk and nutrional status. What is the connection? It is pretty simple when you think about it. Poor nutrition sparks muscle and weight loss. Young Chiropractic carefully assesses our older Easley chiropractic patients at risk for falls, paying special attention to their nutritional status. Young Chiropractic cares about fall prevention!
NUTRITIONAL STATUS BEFORE FALLS
Researchers tried to define the association between nutritional status and body mass index (BMI) and fall risk and recurrent fall risk in older people who live in community settings. They discovered that malnourished patients and those at risk for malnourishment had a 45% higher risk of having at least 1 fall. (1) Verifying BMI and nutritional status is relatively simple to perform. Young Chiropractic does it to protect our Easley chiropractic patients!
Easley FALL RISK AND MALNUTRITION
Fall risk assessments have often ignored nutritional status instead focusing on issues like balance and fall risk-increasing drugs. Nutritional status plays a role, too. Malnutrition leads to weight loss which prompts muscle weakness which leads to an increase in fall risk. It is truly a ripple effect! A new study documented that malnutrition was significantly associated with high fall risk according to a few leading fall risk assessment tools (particularly the Johns Hopkins fall risk assessment tool). (2) Preventing falls is optimal. Recovering from falls is important.
NUTRITIONAL STATUS AND RECOVERY AFTER FALLS
Low nutritional status in older adults especially those with a history of falling sets them up for higher risk of inferior recovery from a fall. Almost a third of community-dwelling adults with a history of falling were either already malnourished or at risk of malnourishment. Improving the nutritional status of those who have fallen enhanced their physical performance. (3) Young Chiropractic knows nutrition and is prepared to help our at-risk patients improve theirs!
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Schedule a Easley chiropractic visit for you and/or your loved who is at risk for falls and/or malnutrition. Young Chiropractic strives to keep our Easley chiropractic patients safe from falls and malnutrition with sounds chiropractic care!