For most middle-aged and older adults, strength training evokes images of young athletes lifting heavy weights in a sweaty gym. That image is reflected in the numbers. Only 21 percent of adults engage in any type of strength training activities. The number is even higher in among women and older
Tag: lower back pain
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
Alternative treatment options—also known as complementary therapies—can be a good adjunct to medication when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms. Some of the options address physical causes of pain, but don’t forget that chronic pain is complicated. In arthritis, tissue inflammation, bone erosion, and nerve impingement can combine to “rewire”
Acrucial weapon in the fight against arthritis is medication that, in some cases, slows disease progression as well as easing pain, maximizing joint function, and improving quality of life. There is no one-size-fits-all solution—trial and error may be required to find the drug (or drug combination) that works for you.
Soft, medium, or firm? Comfort or support? Innerspring, memory foam, Latex, or air? Those are just a few of the choices you’ll have to make when you shop for the best mattress for back pain.
One other problem: There is no standardization when it comes to mattress specifications. Each manufacturer makes
If your physician prescribes antibiotics, question it. And do some research on your own before taking them. Some doctors are a little too quick with the prescription pad, and some patients (myself included) a little too trusting. The truth is we’ve been over-prescribing antibiotics in this country for quite some
No matter what your current fitness level, it’s never too late to start moving and become more physically active. If you’re already active, keep it up; if you’re not, start now. Research shows that there are significant health benefits even in progressing from no physical activity to a little activity.
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
Almost any list of the most commonly reported pain conditions places back pain at or near the top. In a National Institute of Health Statistics survey regarding the most common types of pain, 27 percent of the respondents mentioned back pain first.
Risk Factors for Back Pain
Back pain does not discriminate.
The other night I elbowed my husband in the ribs, on purpose. As usual, he’d fallen asleep within seconds of hitting the pillow, a trait I’ve always envied. He was sleeping soundly on his back, in what he claims to be the best sleep position. Sweet, right? So why did