Written by on 7/24/2014 1:00:00 PM
Back-to-school season is here! A likely item on your child's supply list is a backpack. As practical as backpacks are, they can actually strain muscles and joints, and may cause back pain if they are too heavy or worn incorrectly. So, what makes an A-plus backpack?
Choosing the right pack is vital. Make sure your child's backpack has the following:
Wearing the pack so it doesn't cause injury is just as important as choosing the correct backpack.
- Two wide, padded shoulder straps
- Padded back
- Adjustable straps on sides and at waist
"When kids sling their backpack over one shoulder it promotes asymmetrical and awkward postures that can result in back pain," said Gayle Simala, McKenzie Method certified physical therapist at Community Spine Center. "At the very least, it promotes poor posture which could eventually lead to back problems."
- Wear both straps at all times to keep the weight of the backpack evenly distributed. continue reading ...
Written by on 7/16/2014 6:00:00 AM
Whether you're out hitting the links or walking the Cultural Trail, the last thing that you want is joint pain keeping you from enjoying your everyday life. Try these simple tips to keep your knees in tip-top shape.
Watch your weight.
Every extra pound you pack on puts about four extra pounds of pressure on your knees when you walk or take the stairs. Once you shed that excess weight, though, symptoms improve - and sometimes even disappear. continue reading ...
Written by on 7/7/2014 6:30:00 AM
Age is just a number, but while you may feel young at heart, your body may tell a different story. Words such as arthritis, stiffness or aching may enter your vocabulary.
If arthritis pain has you down, you may suffer in silence, thinking that total knee replacement is your only option. But thanks to advances in joint replacement, Community has answers for you.
Partial knee replacements
When appropriate, the skilled surgeons at Community can perform a partial, or "unicondylar," knee replacement, replacing only the damaged portion of the joint.
One such procedure being done at Community Surgery Center East - Biomet's Oxford® Partial Knee - promises not only shortened or avoided hospital stays and an easier recovery, but a lifetime warranty, as well. continue reading ...
Written by on 6/20/2014 2:15:00 PM
Before you slide on the flip-flops or strap on the water skis, Dr. Kenneth Stumpf, podiatrist with Community Physician Network, shares a few reminders about keeping your feet happy during the summer.
- Foot and ankle injuries are extremely common while participating in water sports. Enjoy the sun and water, but wear all proper safety gear and equipment. If you think you may have suffered an injury, contact a podiatrist. continue reading ...
Written by on 4/8/2014 12:30:00 PM
An experiment by a team of researchers at the University of Louisville and the University of California-Los Angeles has produced unbelievable results for four subjects.
An electrical device has restored some voluntary movement to four men who are paralyzed from the waist down.
"The message here is that patients with spinal cord injury may no longer necessarily say it's a sentence of complete, permanent paralysis," said Roderic Pettigrew, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the federal agency that helped fund the research. "Spinal cord injury is devastating, but now there is hope."
An electrical device was placed in the four men's spines, and when the device is activated an electrical current is sent coursing up through the spine creating signals between the brain and legs that were believed to have been completely lost.
All four men can lift their legs, flex their ankles and support their own weight while standing. While none can walk and must still use a wheelchair, all four have regained bladder and bowel control, sexual function and the ability to regulate their blood pressure and body temperature – even when the epidural stimulation device is not running.
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Source: USA Today and AP