Fall risk and nutrional status. What is the link? It’s pretty simple when you think about it. Poor nutrition sparks muscle and weight loss. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic carefully assesses our older Augusta chiropractic patients at risk for falls, especially their nutritional status. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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 adults who reside in community settings. They found that malnourished patients and those at risk for malnourishment had a 45% higher risk of having at least one fall. (1) Checking BMI and nutritional status is pretty simple to do. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic does it to safeguard our Augusta chiropractic patients!
Augusta 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 is important, too. Malnutrition leads to weight loss which prompts muscle weakness which leads to an increase in fall risk. It’s truly a ripple effect! A new study documented that malnutrition was significantly associated with high fall risk according to a few prominent 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 notably in those who have a history of falling puts them at 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 experienced a fall enhanced their physical performance. (3) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic knows nutrition and is ready to help our at-risk patients improve theirs!
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Schedule a Augusta chiropractic visit for you and/or your loved who is at risk for falls and/or malnutrition. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic intends to keep our Augusta chiropractic patients safe from falls and malnutrition with reliable chiropractic care!