Anyone of any age is susceptible to musculoskeletal pains whether it is from stress or injury. Everyday activities such as carrying laundry, playing sports, or driving to the grocery store can result in unexpected injuries. These types of injuries, or worsening bone disorders, can prevent you from normal mobility and quality of life.
Nobody likes to fall. Even the smallest tumble can lead to potentially serious health consequences — depending on how hard you fell and what part of your body was injured. It’s also a fact that your risk of injury from falls increases with age due to diminishing bone mass.
If you’re one of many who have suffered from a herniated cervical disc, you know just how badly it can restrict your movement, not to mention your quality of life. Cervical discs are the cushions between the vertebrae in the upper back and neck. It becomes herniated when the gel-like center of the disc ruptures through a weak area in the tough outer wall, similar to the filling being squeezed out of a jelly doughnut.
“Stand up straight!” What child hasn’t heard that from a parent at one time or another? Indeed, having good posture helps promote overall health, and is made possible by a spine that is strong and aligned. But there are times when a certain deformity of the spine makes proper posture more difficult — a condition known as scoliosis.
Everyone is aware of the effects of arthritis – an inflammation of the joints that cause pain and making movement difficult. But did you know that there are more than 100 different types —the two most common being osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While osteoarthritis is primarily caused by “wear and tear” on the joints, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints.