Chronic pain linked to greater risk of falls in older people

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Dr. Jonathan Bean was a lead investigator on a study that suggests people who suffer chronic pain may be at higher risk for falls. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in November.

The study followed more than 700 people over age 70 and the participants, who had medical examinations before being enrolled, noted when they felt pain and how it affected their lives.

After 18 months, researchers found that those who felt pain in two or more joints in one month were 50 percent more likely to fall in the following month than people who did not report pain. The increased risk for people with multiple joint pain persisted after the researchers accounted for such factors as a previous history of falls, medication use, or trouble with balance.

With the many different conditions I have, I feel they did everything humanly possible and I have come away from the pain program with some excellent tools.

A Painless Patient

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