This course will launch on January 26, 2023, as part of the ACA Engage 2023 Annual Conference.
This educational lecture will discuss multimodal chiropractic care for fall prevention in older adults, a growing area of research, with three main goals. The first is to provide a rationale for the use of chiropractic care in fall prevention efforts. This rationale will summarize current evidence regarding key modifiable fall risk factors that may be targeted by multimodal chiropractic care. The second goal is to propose the implementation of fall prevention efforts in chiropractic practice. These fall prevention efforts will address fall risk screening in clinical practice and interventions that are both supported by current evidence and fall into the chiropractic scope of practice. The last goal is to offer recommendations for future research directions to begin addressing the evidence gap related to chiropractic care and fall prevention.
1. Understand and identify modifiable fall risk factors in older adults, with specific reference to the role of chiropractic care.
2. Recognize the role of implementable screening protocols for identifying fall risk factors.
3. Gain an awareness of fall prevention and rehabilitation interventions that are immediately applicable to chiropractic practice
20 minutes: Rationale addressing specific modifiable risk factors with the potential to be impacted by chiropractic care (musculoskeletal weakness, vestibular dysfunction, proprioceptive deficits, reduced musculoskeletal flexibility, increased age-related pain, polypharmacy, and limited fall prevention knowledge) and summary of current research characterizing these relationships.
20 minutes: Present a framework for chiropractors to implement fall risk screening interventions into practice. Propose fall prevention interventions supported by current evidence which can be immediately implemented into clinical practice.
10 minutes: Discuss recommendations and areas for future research