Conquering Chronic Pain and Balance Issues as We Age: A Drug-Free Approach

As we grow older, our bodies face an increasing number of challenges, with chronic pain and balance issues often topping the list. Whether it’s due to a prior injury, decades of physical labor, years of inactivity, or simply the natural wear and tear of daily life, chronic pain can be a debilitating and difficult condition to manage. Unfortunately, our society’s tendency is to rely on medication to “make the pain go away,” but the truth is, the pain is still there – we’re just feeling it less. And what happens when we continue to work through the pain year after year while taking more and more pills? The problem only gets worse, leading to a vicious cycle of increased medication and worsening symptoms.

According to a study from the University of California’s Geriatric Primary Care lecture, “Ambulatory elderly fill between 9-13 prescriptions a year…” (Johnston, 2001). The presenter further stated, “Surveys indicate that elders take an average of 2-4 nonprescription drugs daily” (Johnston, 2001). Adding additional pain medications to this already complex mix can often be a risky proposition. While necessary medications are clearly indicated and needed, what are the options for those medications that are optional and potentially dangerous when taken over an extended period?

A recent study published in a chiropractic research journal offers a promising alternative. The authors stated, “The purpose of this study was to collect preliminary information on the effect of a limited and extended course of chiropractic care on balance, chronic pain, and associated dizziness in a sample of older adults with impaired balance” (Hawk, Cambron, & Pfefer, 2009). The results showed decreased pain and increased balance, helping to reduce the risk of falls.

Notably, the authors reported, “Another interesting finding in this study that warrants further investigation is that it appeared that for the group on the extended care schedule, pain and disability decreased and remained at a lower level than for the limited care schedule, for the year we followed patients. This provides preliminary support for chiropractic maintenance care for older adults with chronic pain” (Hawk, Cambron, & Pfefer, 2009).

This study, along with many others, concludes that a drug-free approach of chiropractic care is one of the best solutions for older adults with balance disorders and chronic pain. But not all chiropractors are created equal – and that’s where Sirucek Chiropractic Neurology Clinic in Meridian, Idaho, stands out.

Led by Dr. Dax Sirucek and Dr. Maria Sirucek, this clinic offers unmatched expertise in the field of chiropractic neurology. Dr. Dax Sirucek is the only chiropractor in the world to hold both board certification by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board and a fellowship in spinal biomechanics and trauma from the prestigious New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. With his extensive training and unique qualifications, Dr. Dax specializes in treating traumatic injuries such as whiplash, concussions, disc herniations, work-related injuries, and car accident injuries.

Complementing Dr. Dax’s expertise is his wife, Dr. Maria Sirucek, who brings her own impressive credentials to the clinic. Originally from Peru, Dr. Maria received her bachelor’s degree in human physiology from Boston University before graduating magna cum laude from Life Chiropractic College West. She has completed post-doctoral training in neurology and holds additional certifications in MRI interpretation, pre and post-natal care, and learning disorders.

Together, Dr. Dax and Dr. Maria offer a comprehensive range of services at Sirucek Chiropractic Neurology Clinic, including chiropractic adjustments, spinal rehabilitation, dynamic range of motion assessments, laser therapy, digital X-ray imaging, nutritional counseling, laboratory testing, and neurological rehabilitation. Their unique combination of expertise allows them to provide personalized, non-invasive treatment plans for a wide range of conditions, helping patients find relief from chronic pain and balance issues without the need for potentially harmful medications.

If you or a loved one is struggling with chronic pain, balance disorders, or other age-related health challenges, consider exploring the drug-free, holistic approach offered by Sirucek Chiropractic Neurology Clinic. With their unmatched credentials and commitment to patient-centered care, Dr. Dax and Dr. Maria Sirucek are well-equipped to help you conquer these issues and reclaim your quality of life. To learn more about their services or to schedule an appointment, visit their website at or call (208) 629-9559.


  1. Johnston, C. B. (2001, May). Drugs and the Elderly: Practical Considerations. PowerPoint presentation presented at the UCSF Division of Geriatrics Primary Care Lecture Series.
  2. Hawk, C., Cambron, J. A., & Pfefer, M. T. (2009). Pilot study of the effect of a limited and extended course of chiropractic care on balance, chronic pain and dizziness in older adults. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 32(6), 438-477.

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