Nearly 80 percent of Americans will have back pain sometime in their life. The majority of these cases resolve in less than a month with no serious complications. However, once you have back pain, you are at greater risk for recurrence. Establishing a definitive medical diagnosis has been shown to be nearly impossible. Most people over 35 have degenerative changes on X-rays and 50 to 75 percent of us have positive findings on MRI. A decision to proceed with surgery based on these tests has been shown to lead to poor results.
As physical therapists from time to time we may be confronted by a patient who is resistant to the idea of being involved with exercise. When those times occur I want you to be prepared by giving them solid evidence as to why exercise is so important, starting with this. After age 45, muscle strength declines 8-10% every decade of life and can decline as much as 30% in the eighth decade of life if an individual is not involved with resistance exercise.
Summer Injury Prevention 101
Summer is a time to have fun and spend time outdoors. It is an opportunity to enjoy the sunshine. It's a time when you can go out for a walk and take in everything that nature has to offer. The weather encourages you to be active and venture outside.
The only caveat with outdoor activities is the risk of injuries due to twists, turns, and falls, among other reasons. The good news is that these injuries can be easily prevented with the advice of a physiotherapist.
A Safe, Fun Summer
When pain strikes, it can leave you scrambling for the most effective way to put it to rest. For most people, it has become second nature to head over to the medicine cabinet and search for a solution. While this has grown to be instinctive, there are much better options available, with physical therapy topping the list. Unlike medication, physical therapy works to improve your body’s wellbeing, not merely mask the discomfort you’re feeling.
Got a nagging ache? Recovering from a sprain? The person you most want to talk to is a physical therapist: They improve bodies for a living. They know an important secret: strength training. Research suggests that not only is strength training the best way to knock out pain, but like a magic pill it can also prevent pain in the first place.
Ensure that your body is ready to carry a baby by addressing before pregnancy any pain or problems associated with posture or weakness. Here are some physical therapist tips for helping to prepare your body for pregnancy and to guard against musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction during and after it.
Exercise's Effects on Bones and Muscles
Exercise is critical for strong muscles and bones. Muscle strength declines as people age, but studies report that when people exercise they are stronger and leaner than others in their age group.
Exercise may help kids lower their risk of chronic pain in the future.
With winter upon us, many people accept that they will gain weight and get out of shape. Excuses abound such as, “It is too cold to exercise outside,” or “There are just so many parties.”
Here are some tips to stay healthy and active this winter.
With the changing of the seasons and the accompanying drop in the temperature outside, many athletes flock to the ski slopes, the ice rink, and the mountainside seeking outdoor adventure and fitness. Exercising in cold weather presents several unique nutritional challenges. Taking a few simple precautions can help maximize performance and keep athletes healthy and allow them to safely achieve their fitness goals.
When Nancy D. Brown's doctor told her she had hip dysplasia several years ago, her first reaction was: "Humans can get that?" remembers Brown, now a 54-year-old travel writer in Lafayette, California, who had only known it as a condition she should watch out for in her dogs.