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How to Prevent Osteoporosis

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Back, Tips | 0 comments

How to Prevent Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis affects millions of people all over the world. Bone thinning starts by the time a person reaches the age of 30. It is a natural process and there is no way to stop it completely. The chance of developing osteoporosis does not only depend on how thick or thin the bone is, but also on several other factors such as health and diet. By eating the right food and exercising regularly, you may avoid or delay osteoporosis. Have a nutritious diet You need to have a nutritious diet that has enough vitamin D and calcium. These two play essential roles in keeping the bones healthy and strong. Vitamin D helps bones absorb calcium, thereby increasing muscle strength. Vitamin D also reduces the odds of having a fracture. You can get vitamin D from sun exposure as well as from milk and supplements. Exercise regularly Exercise improves bone mass and decreases fracture risks. It also helps women in maintaining bone density even after menopause. Since you can develop muscle strength from exercising regularly, you also reduce the chances of falls due to weakness. Exercising three times a week for at least half an hour is a good way to prevent osteoporosis. Stop smoking Smoking is never good for your health. Smoking hastens the process of bone loss, which means that you can have osteoporosis early on. Drink moderately If you cannot help but drink, be sure to put a limit to the number of drinks you have per day. Women can have 1 alcoholic drink per day while men can have 2 drinks per day. Be extra careful and prevent falls Falling increases risks of developing fractures. Implement fall prevention measures such as removing loose items like rugs and electrical cords that can cause slipping and falling. There should also be adequate lighting all over the house and most especially in staircases and entrance ways. Do not walk on surfaces that are slippery and try not to walk on surfaces that are not familiar to you. Use medications only with the advice of a physician There are some medications that when taken for a long period of time can promote bone loss. It is important to have your physician monitor your use of these medications so you can decrease or even discontinue your intake when possible. Glucocorticoids, heparin, and some antiepileptic drugs can increase bone loss. In the event that these methods are not enough to prevent osteoporosis, the best thing you can do is deal with the condition. It does not have to ruin your life. There are a lot of osteoporosis treatments available and you simply need to make a move. Never ignore the problem as it can affect your daily living. One way to deal with the pain and mobility problems caused by osteoporosis is to see a physical therapist. Patients in Montgomery and Olney who have osteoporosis need to understand that rehabilitation is an essential part in managing the condition and that rehabilitation should involve getting help of an excellent physical...

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The Pain in Spinal Disk Problems

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

The Pain in Spinal Disk Problems

Pain signals that something is wrong in your body and those who have spinal disk problems know too well how difficult this medical issue is to deal with. Movements of any type become really hard and the pain becomes worse. However, with the right steps to take, spinal disk problems can be dealt with in better light. What are spinal disks? Spinal disks are those found in between the bones in the spinal column. Because they are between vertebral bones, they often called intervertebral disks by health professionals. A disk is circular and flat. Each one is made with membranes that are strong and rubbery. Ligaments that connect the bones in the spine hold together spinal disks as well. There should be very minimal movement possible for these disks. They keep the vertebrae from colliding with each other. During childhood, these disks are gel-like and as we age, it becomes solid and sturdy, but the process also makes the disks prone to damage or injury. The start of pain Stress on the disks may cause them to swell. When this happens, the surrounding nerves may be affected, which then causes the pain or spasm we feel. If no proper treatment is done, further damage may result. The more damage there is to the disk, the more pain will be felt. If the nerves surrounding the disk are affected, movement in the arms and legs may cause some extreme discomfort as well. This is a condition more commonly known as herniated disk. Herniated disks may be caused by a bad injury but its most common cause is aging. Everyday activities like lifting, walking or stretching may be the culprit if these activities are not done with proper care. This should make us think twice about putting too much strain on our bodies especially our backs. Another cause for herniated disk is genetics, which means even if you are careful, if it’s in your family history, you might experience it later on as you grow old. What could be done A spinal disk problem is very hard to deal with as it affects everyday activities aside from the excruciating pain it brings. To find out if you have a disk problem, you can ask for an MRI so the health professional can take a photo of your bone and see where the damage is and to what extent it has become. There is also the option of X-ray or CT scan but these tests do not give the clearest view, unless your spinal disk has great damage to it already. Another thing to do is to get therapy. Rock Physical Therapy in Maryland offers this kind of treatment because it can lessen the pain and the stress from a herniated disk. If proper care is given, the problem may even be fixed. If not, a disk replacement or surgery may be necessary. There may be other causes to the pain you are experiencing your back. The best way to start dealing with it is to get diagnosed properly so you know which step to take next. Don’t wait for the problem to be aggravated even more. As soon as you think or suspect that you have a spinal disk problem, seek professional...

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Ergonomic Assessment of the Workplace

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 in Tips | 0 comments

Ergonomic Assessment of the Workplace

Day to day job requirements often take a toll on our bodies. Over time, the effects may become risky to our health and this is why it is essential to make sure that your workstation is ergonomically assessed by a licensed physical therapist. An ergonomic assessment evaluates your workstation in a way to see if it is optimally designed to lessen the stress of your daily work tasks on your body. For example, this includes making sure that your computer keyboard is placed at the best level to prevent wrist and elbow strain. Ergonomic assessment also includes understanding the things you do daily and how you perform those tasks so that recommendations can be made.  Why is Ergonomic Assessment Important? Acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems are becoming more and more rampant because of the strains of daily tasks at work. If you work on a computer the whole day, you are prone to problems on your posture as well as your arms and hands. You may think that your staying at your desk the whole day is boring and tiring but problems such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, cervical and lumbar disorders and trigger finger could actually arise. Being aware of these dangers can help you or your employees prevent risks that can be eliminated by ergonomically designed workstations. When choosing a professional to do this, health care providers should have the experience. Someone with a background in physical therapy, occupational therapy or athletic training will have the experience and knowledge on how to ergonomically assess your workstation. There should be more to your design of the workplace than aesthetics. The professional who will assess your workstation will look at your posture in general as well as the risk factors you face. Environmental factors and repetitious movements and forces can put a strain on your body from the neck down to your feet. You may think that working on a computer only affects your hands, arms and back but those connections in your body may lead to your feet getting affected as well. If you are exposed to daily tasks that you have to do for a full 8 hours a day or even more, you know how a headache can lead to more problems, how a toothache can make you totally dysfunctional and how a strain on your shoulder could travel all the way down to your hip. These problems are easy to prevent. You don’t have to look for another job. You just have to improve your desk so that your body will not have to suffer the consequences of your repetitive tasks. Ergonomic assessments are simple but should be done by professionals. Simple adjustments to your sitting position or the height of your chair or table can do a lot to prevent physical health problems. It is very possible to improve productivity while decreasing risks for you or your employees. A professional will make this possible by simply ergonomically redesigning your...

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