GERD and hip fracture. We often comment that everything in the body is linked. Here is another example. The discomfort for patients with reflux (aka GERD) drives them to seek help. Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) come to the rescue for many Nashua reflux sufferers. Sadly, these PPIs may cause issues elsewhere, specifically the hip for which the risk of fracture is increased, even though they help with GERD. Your Nashua chiropractor closely monitors our patients who report hip pain, particularly if they are using PPIs, as many time chiropractic treatment does alleviate hip pain.
PPIs, GERD, and HIP FRACTURE RISK
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly recommended and used for GERD and peptic ulcer management. The risk of hip fracture is elevated in PPI users. Whether users take a low or medium dose, the risk of hip fracture is higher while those taking a high dose were at even higher risk for hip fracture. Researchers caution that doctors and patients must know this in order to be cautious in recommending PPI use for a long period of time and be cautious in understanding what the proper usage of PPIs is so that they don’t take it without a clear indication for such use. (1) Researchers in a recent study of the effect of proton pump inhibitor use on hip fracture risk minced no words: PPI use is associated with hip fracture development. They begin their study by acknowledging that the effect of PPI use on the risk of hip fracture is contestable which set them on a course to see for themselves. They recruited participants who were over age 40 and had been prescribed PPIs for a minimum of 90 days. They then cross referenced any hospitalizations in these patients for hip fracture. They found that fractures developed oftentimes in PPI users than in those who didn't use PPI and that fracture risk associated with PPI use rose with duration of use. (2) Avoiding hip pain is certainly preferable, and chiropractic treatment may be gentle and relieving for many.
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT OF HIP PAIN
Nashua hip pain sufferers find relief with chiropractic care. As Dr. Robert Hayden described in a recent Prevention magazine article, chiropractic patients who looked for care for spine, hip or shoulder pain reported less pain after 4 months than those who saw a medical doctor…and their costs were less! (3,4) Hip pain is a usual complaint heard in the chiropractic practice, especially in patients who are more than 60 years of age. Manual therapy treatments, spinal manipulation (particularly gentle Cox® Technic), exercise, electrotherapy and such are common ways to treat and relieve hip pain. Moriarty Chiropractic will set up the right approach to care for your Nashua hip pain!
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the gentleness of the Cox® Technic System for back pain and spine-related issues.
Schedule your Nashua appointment with Moriarty Chiropractic. Hip pain is a treatable condition for your chiropractor who will also closely watch your hip pain for any signs of hip fracture due to proton pump inhibitor use for GERD and reflux issues.