The musculoskeletal (MSK) system plays an important role in maintaining health and independence1 as we age. More so, to manage chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease requires a healthy MSK system to stay active and mobile. Yet, we know that the prevalence of MSK conditions tend to increase with age. For example, 25% of people over the age of 60 report significant disability and pain due to osteoarthritis.
Did you know?2
- 30% of Canadians over the age of 75 years old report suffering from either mild, moderate and severe pain
- 80% of seniors suffer from chronic pain
- Over 25% of Canadian seniors report activity or daily living limitation due to MSK pain
MSK conditions can seriously affect your health, quality of life and independence. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Canadians suffer from fall-related injuries3. We know that the risk of morbidity and even mortality can increase significantly after a fall, so preventing them is critical.
Chiropractors, as part of your healthcare team, can help address MSK injuries early to help maintain mobility and function. Healthy aging relies on your ability to keep moving and enjoying activities of daily living with little pain or limitations. Care may help:
- Manage pain
- Increase range of motion
- Improve function
- Help decrease progression of joint degeneration
- Correct posture
- Increase balance
- Reduce the risk of falls
Of course, taking care of your MSK health should start early and continue well into your golden years. It is well known that active living is an important part of healthy aging. In fact, even a moderate level of physical activity can improve balance, endurance and bone strength.
Find additional resources we’ve created to help take care of your MSK health below:
For more information, check out some of our blog posts, or talk to your chiropractor!
1Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, “Chiropractic Care and the Geriatric Patient,” http://www.chiropractic.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/geriatricspaper.pdf.
2Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, “Chiropractic Care and the Geriatric Patient,” http://www.chiropractic.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/geriatricspaper.pdf.
3 Public Health Agency of Canada. 2014. Seniors Falls in Canada: Second Report. retrieved from http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/seniors_falls-chutes_aines/index-eng.php#s2-1-2