As a rule, upper back pain is unusual, since the upper back is structurally stronger than the lower back and also isn’t as mobile, due to being connected to the rib cage. This lack of motion affords it some protection against the bending-twisting types of injury you might sustain in
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About 27 percent of adults age 65 and older don’t exercise, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Sept. 15, 2016) revealed that the numbers are even worse for people age 75 and older: thirty-five percent
Scoliosis—a condition that causes the spine to form an unnatural curve and/or twist—is most common in childhood, tending to develop just before puberty. But the condition also can be a problem for adults, who can suffer from troublesome scoliosis pain and stiffness in the lower back.
Adults with scoliosis may
The first steroid medication, cortisone, earned the reputation of a “wonder drug” more than 60 years ago when it was found to be effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Since then, the number of diseases and disorders treated with steroids has grown exponentially, to include asthma, colitis and other intestinal disorders,
A study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, June 23, suggests that preventing or slowing the progression of hyperkyphosis—a condition that causes an extreme forward curvature of the spine—may reduce pulmonary decline in older adults.
Hyperkyphosis (also known as “dowager’s hump”) affects as many as 20 to 40 percent
Even though COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing the disease from getting worse, improving the ability to exercise, preventing and treating complications, and preventing and treating exacerbations.
For those with COPD who are current smokers, the most important first treatment will be
Lower back pain is more common than upper back pain and middle back pain. It can develop because you’ve overstretched the muscles and ligaments of your lower back, or overtaxed them while lifting a heavy object. Its origins also can lie in simple wear-and-tear over time, but in some circumstances,
Like the upper back, the mid-back region is very stable, and this stability gives it some protection from injury. But the same underlying conditions and circumstances that can result in upper back pain also can result in middle back pain. These include:
Poor posture: This is a major risk factor
Supplement Risks May Outweigh Benefits
Too little calcium and vitamin D raise the risk for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, which raises fracture risk. However, the calcium supplements many postmenopausal women take to boost bone strength have been linked to a higher risk for heart attack and stroke, according to recent research
The first steroid medication, cortisone, earned the reputation of a “miracle drug” more than 60 years ago when it was found to be effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Since then, the number of steroid medications has grown, along with the number of diseases and disorders that are treated with them.