Fort Wayne Back Pain, Spine Issues, and Hip Pain: Simple Tests & 3D Imaging10/19/2021Back pain and hip pain and spine issues merge for many chiropractic patients, prompting a visit to Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc. We are ready to help! Growing older presents some unique challenges for those who experience back, hip and spine pain but also some unique benefits today due to novel approaches to keeping stability and coping with and easing pain. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor keeps on top of these new approaches and is ready to help you! SIMPLE TESTS FOR OLDER ADULTS AND THEIR SPINES Older folks understand that with age comes ‘wisdom’…and its own set of unique peculiarities. Different aches and pains rear their heads one morning or mid-afternoon or evening, requiring attention. For those Fort Wayne back pain sufferers who are a bit older, hip range of motion and strength may predict how 12 months down the road a chronic low back pain patient may be performing. Researchers tested this out! Decreased hip strength and range of motion forecast a decline in function a year later. Hip osteoarthritis did not affect these outcomes. (1) Your chiropractor will perform a thorough examination and knows some easy-to-do tests of hip strength and range of motion – gait speed, 6-minute walk test, subjective questionnaires, even imaging as necessary - to rule out osteoarthritis. 3D IMAGING BENEFITS Imaging has come a long way! Today, MRI images of the spine in 3D are now clinically possible. Their advantage is higher spatial resolution, reformation in any plane so the MRI process is faster, and interpretation is more precise. Pretty cool! Another benefit, especially for back pain sufferers who have undergone back surgery already with metal implants, etc., and now have continued pain is that 3D imaging allows seeing around the metal. (2) Such views can help doctors see issues at adjacent spine levels. A SPECIFIC SPINE ISSUE: PISA SYNDROME Pain issues in one area of the spine can certainly affect other areas and even trigger more pain. A postural disorder some older back pain sufferers may have is called Pisa Syndrome which is caused by lateral flexion of the spine greater than 10 degrees which sets them up to falls, a lesser quality of life, and increased risk of mortality in neurological diseases. Postural stability exercises are important for such patients, essential enough that they should do these always to decrease fall risk. (3) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is all for stability! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Gary Stefanick on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to ease back pain after back surgery. Back pain specialists like your Fort Wayne chiropractor are equipped to examine, diagnose, and treat post-surgical continued pain. Set up your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now. Fort Wayne chiropractic patients find camaraderie with each other when it comes to back pain, hip pain, and spine stability as well as relief from their chiropractic care. We look forward to seeing you soon! « View All Spine Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."