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Chiropractic Care in Older Adults

Edited by: Dr Melainie Cameron, Dr Simon French, Prof Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, Prof Stephen Perle, Dr Sidney Rubinstein, Dr Bruce Walker

As the elderly population of many of the world’s countries boom we need to reflect on what implications this has for Chiropractors and other manual therapists, in particular what is best practice when treating an older population. This thematic series of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies provides an overview of current best evidence in key aspects of evaluation and management of chiropractic care for older adults. Individual articles address the magnitude of musculo-skeletal problems in the elderly population, diagnostic challenges for chiropractors and other manual therapists seeing elderly patients, the evidence for chiropractic and manual therapy in the care of the elderly and also imaging modalities for musculo-skeletal disorders in the elderly including utility, validity and cost.

Collection published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies: 21 February 2012
Last updated: 24 September 2012

  1. The proportion of older people will be tripled by the year 2050. In addition, the incidence of chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions will also increase among the elderly people. Thus, in order to prepare fo...

    Authors: René Fejer and Alexander Ruhe
    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2012 20:31
  2. Older patients often present with a long, complex history and a clinical picture that frequently includes co-morbidities. It is essential that health professionals caring for older patients become familiar wit...

    Authors: Lisa Zaynab Killinger
    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2012 20:28
  3. There are a rising number of older adults; in the US alone nearly 20% of the population will be 65 or older by 2030. Chiropractic is one of the most frequently utilized types of complementary and alternative c...

    Authors: Paul E Dougherty, Cheryl Hawk, Debra K Weiner, Brian Gleberzon, Kari Andrew and Lisa Killinger
    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2012 20:3
  4. Longitudinal patterns of chiropractic use in the United States, particularly among Medicare beneficiaries, are not well documented. Using a nationally representative sample of older Medicare beneficiaries we d...

    Authors: Paula Weigel, Jason M Hockenberry, Suzanne E Bentler, Maksym Obrizan, Brian Kaskie, Michael P Jones, Robert L Ohsfeldt, Gary E Rosenthal, Robert B Wallace and Fredric D Wolinsky
    Citation: Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18:34