Understanding Low Back Pain and Sciatica
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for a visit to the doctor’s office. Experts estimate that as many as eighty percent of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their lifetime. In the United States we spend over 50 billion dollars annually in medical costs due to low back pain. Most causes of back pain are mechanical or non-organic, meaning they are not caused by a serious condition such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture, or cancer.
Avoid Chronic Disease With Regular Physical Activity
Most Americans don’t move enough despite proven benefits, such as reduced risk of cancer and chronic diseases, and improved bone health, cognitive function, weight control, and overall quality of life.
The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, reports that approximately 80% of US adults and adolescents are insufficiently active. As a result, many Americans currently have or are likely to experience chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression.
The good news is that regular physical activity can prevent and improve many chronic conditions. America, it's time to get moving!
Dangerous falls are common in people over 65 years of age and can result in serious injury, and even death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million older people are treated in the emergency room for fall injuries each year. The average health care costs related to falls is $35,000 per fall.
Performing safe home exercises can help strengthen your lower body to reduce your overall fall risk.
Always check with your health care provider before beginning a home-exercise program. A physical therapist can evaluate your balance and let you know which exercises are safe for you to perform at home.