Lower back pain is among the most common reasons that patients see their doctors. There are many possible causes, from arthritis, spinal stenosis, and disc disease to the far more common muscular sprains and strains. But it can be difficult to know if the pain is due to a minor
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Surgery may be considered as part of arthritis treatment when medication is no longer enough to manage your symptoms. The decision to head down the surgical route is a balancing act—you’ll need to consider your current symptoms and level of disability, and weigh them against the potential benefits, risks, and
If you are living with a chronic health condition, you may feel some of the information on diet and exercise presented in this book is not for you. The fact is, eating well and moving your body is good for nearly every condition, appropriately adapted, of course. This chapter will
If you are a postmenopausal woman, you are at risk for osteoporosis—having weak, brittle bones that increase your odds of fracturing a bone. The good news is, doing simple exercises a few days a week can improve your bone strength and reduce your fracture risk.
“The effect of exercise on bone
More than 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed annually in the United States. The procedure is typically carried out to alleviate osteoarthritis in the knee: the condition causes the shock-absorbing cartilage at the ends of bones to wear away, and the friction of bone rubbing on bone can eventually become
Back pain has a wide range of presentations and causes. Pain differs widely from person to person for reasons that are puzzling. This makes back pain one of the most challenging conditions for both the patient and healthcare provider.
Some individuals feel a constant ache across their lower back when
urgery may be considered in arthritis treatment when medication is no longer enough to manage symptoms. The decision to head down the surgical route is a balancing act. The patient must consider his or her current symptoms and level of disability and weigh them against the potential benefits, risks, and
Hip replacement surgery is becoming more common, with more than double the number of procedures in 2010 than in 2000. Part of the increase is due to more surgeries being performed on younger patients between the ages of 45 and 54, and part is due to the growing numbers of
If you’re a woman, your bone mass peaked at about age 30, and it’s probably been declining since you went through menopause. As bone mass decreases, the chances of breaking a bone rise—and breaking a bone can be a life-changing event. For example, a hip fracture can mean many months
The information on diet and exercise presented in this book is intended primarily for healthy individuals. While exercise is recommended as a way to improve many chronic health conditions, those same conditions and physical limitations can impact diet and exercise recommendations and exercise performance, and influence your choice of exercise