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Why are headaches so common, and how can they be so debilitating? Most headaches are grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache,” meaning that the primary source of the headache is coming from the cervical spine. Whip lash injuries, disc diseases, and progressive arthritis can cause long lasting headaches. The cervical spine would need to be treated to reduce the head pain associated with these causes.
Loss of balance can be a very disabling problem, especially for the elderly. Current research shows that one out of three older adults, age 65 and older, fall each year. Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions each year.
As we age the risk factors associated with falls become more apparent. Muscle weakness, vision problems, side affects to certain medications, low blood pressure, diabetes, and environmental hazards, like throw rugs and even pets, can increase an individual’s risk for falls.