Baby Boomers and Beyond
THE AGING SPINE
As you age, tissues begin to deteriorate, especially those of the spine. The intensity of deterioration varies which each individual depending upon several factors. Some factors are caused by a history of spinal stresses such as hard labor or extended periods of sitting. Dr. Kaput encourages individuals who are within the baby boomers and beyond bracket to get regular spinal checkups to ensure the longevity of the spinal column.
THE INTERVERTEBRAL DISC
The intervertebral disc (the cartilaginous pad located between the spinal vertebrae) is one of the main spinal structures most affected by the deterioration process. The disc normally moves without inhibition and thus is successfully able to pull water in that brings in nutrients and eliminates waste. Overtime, the tissues of the disc fibrose become stiff and it decreases the disc’s ability to draw in water. This disc stiffening is further aggravated by individuals who subject their spine to stresses and do not seek regular checkups.
FACET JOINT AND VERTEBRAL BODY ARTHRITIS
Overtime, calcium is deposited within the vertebral bodies and the facet joints. The calcium ossifies and causes stiffness and loss in function within the tissues. These arthritic pains lead to back and neck pain as well as stiffness. Kaput can detect these on x-rays and can create treatment plans for individuals.
TYPICAL PAIN EXPERIENCED FROM AGED SPINES
The most common ailment the aging population experiences is back pain. These back pain does not occur overnight, but is actually an accumulation of various spinal stresses that have gone uncorrected. Dr. Kaput urges individuals over 40 who are experiencing back pain to seek chiropractic care which can help rule out more serious issues such as infection, spinal fractures, and spinal cancer.
Head and Neck Pain
Neck pain may not be as common as back pain; however, it still affects the aging population. Tissues that begin to deteriorate within the cervical spine can cause headaches, neck pain, stiffness, dizziness, and balance issues.
Chiropractic care helps several of maturing individuals take control of their lives every year. Chiropractic care allows the spine to remain in motion which allows the discs, joints, and other tissues to thrive. .
The best part about chiropractic care is that is safe, natural, and noninvasive. Dr. Kaput creates treatment plans that involve spinal and extremity adjustments, physical therapies, massage, diet and nutrition, and exercise. Dr. Kaput can help you achieve your health goals and optimize your body through the spine and help you start feeling the best you can be.
Why Is Chiropractic Care So Important For The Maturing Adult?
Chiropractic care is very important for the maturing and elderly individual due to the changes that occur in the spine as age increases. Aging causes weakness, dehydration, and deterioration among spinal discs, facet joints, muscles, and ligaments. As a result, pain begins to radiate from the spine, commonly known as arthritis, and tissue damage starts to occur. The more time that passes without addressing the injuries, the longer they will take to heal.
Dr. Kaput takes into consideration the aging spine and how it differs in terms of care and treatment. By employing the gentle, chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Kaput is able to eliminate the pain and allow for increased blood flow to areas of the spine that are in need of waste elimination and need nutrients delivered to help heal the tissue. Chiropractic care is safe, natural, and noninvasive and will allow for increased mobility, flexibility, decreased spinal stresses, and minimized degeneration.
Dr. Kaput places his focus on treatment plans that identify the underlying problem and also relies on the patient’s participation to help them live a better and healthier life. The teamwork between Dr. Kaput and his patients allow them to be more directly involved with their health.
What Benefits Does Chiropractic Care Provide For The Maturing Adult?
Regular chiropractic checkups provide numerous benefits which are especially important for maturing adults:
- Decreased arthritis and arthritic joint pain
- Decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
- Decreased tissue inflammation
- Enhanced tissue healing
- Increased balance and coordination
- Increased energy
- Increased joint health
- Increased mobility and range of motion
- Increased sense of well being
- Minimized risk of fall injuries
- Minimized spinal stress and subsequent degeneration
- Spinal and extremity pain relief
What Can Chiropractic Care Do For Me?
- Decreases fall injuries and other injuries
- Decreases joint and tissue degeneration through optimizing biomechanics
- Decreases the frequency and severity of back, neck and head pain
- Increases balance and coordination
- Increases health and well-being
- Increases joint nutrition and decreases spinal joint arthritis
- Increases spinal range of motion