Ankle Proprioception and Chronic Low Back Pain in the Elderly

Proprioception is the body’s ability to sense where its various parts are in relation to one another for purposes of movement and balance. Examinations of older adults with and without chronic low back pain revealed that those with chronic low back pain were more likely to have impaired ankle proprioception. The findings suggest a possible link between abnormal motion of the ankle and pain in the lower back. This highlights the importance of examining the whole patient— something doctors of chiropractic are trained to do—to address all potential contributing causes for the patient’s chief complaint. Neuroscience Letters, August 2022

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