In this health video you will learn about chiropractic treatment available for children and the elderly.
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Raena Morgan: I’m visiting with Dr. JaDean Anderson who is a chiropractor. Dr. Anderson, what about children and infants and the elderly? Are they 3 groups that are difficult to treat? Dr. JaDean Anderson: Not difficult, but you need to be able to monitor and modify how you adjust them and approach each case specifically because sometimes a patient that’s 2 is going to be needing a different type of an adjustment at a different place than someone that’s 30 or someone’s that’s in their later ages in life. So, it’s very much case-specific to the person for their age, for their problem, and what causes their problem. Raena Morgan: So, a 4 year old might fall down the steps. They take bumps real easily but they could need an adjustment for that? Dr. JaDean Anderson: Yes. And, lots of times younger children or infants respond very rapidly to an adjustment to where you don’t need to give them as many adjustments, whereas, someone that’s a little bit older might need more adjustments over a longer period of time to help them get through their case. Sometimes, the initial trauma that brought the patient into the office will help you decide how often you need to see the patient. So, it’s age-specific and case-specific for how often you need to adjust them and how to adjust them. Raena Morgan: So, a 6 year old that falls off her bike, she might bounce back really quick from that is what you’re saying? Dr. JaDean Anderson: Yes, you’re basically grabbing all of the information on the case with the patient and knowing how old they are for how often you need to see them and how quickly they’re responding to care because if you adjust a patient and they’re responding very rapidly you need to slow down with how often you adjust them, because sometimes giving them an adjustment at the wrong time can actually hinder improvement. Raena Morgan: And then the elderly, you say they might need more treatments than a child—because they don’t heal as fast? Dr. JaDean Anderson: Yes. And that depends, because someone that’s 67 might heal faster or slower than someone else that’s the same age as well. So, it’s very patient-specific within the age and within the problem that has brought them in. Raena Morgan: Does the frailty come into play there too? Dr. JaDean Anderson: Yes, it does. And, that’s where we have to modify how we perform the adjustment because of the frail bones or the frail body structures that we’re working with. Raena Morgan: Well, thank you Dr. Anderson.