As we jump into December, we are revisiting back pain. All this is followed by other interesting stuff, including good news about a Colorado native.
80% of Americans Experience Back Pain, But 100% of PTs Know How to Prevent It
Got back pain? You're not alone. Eighty percent of Americans suffer from low back and neck pain at some point in their lives. Let that sink in. With such great odds that you-or someone close to you-will one day become a statistic, wouldn't it make sense to arm yourself with preventive strategies and knowledge? Physical therapy is a good place to start.
By performing a thorough evaluation, a physical therapist can identify the muscular, postural and skeletal limitations that could one day lead to an episode of back pain. As part of the assessment, your therapist will observe as you perform a series of exercises and then gather an account of your daily activity level and environmental factors like operating machinery or working at a desk 40 hours a week.
Four out of five Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Today, back pain management often includes the overuse of treatments like surgeries, MRI, x-rays and medications. And it's an expensive prospect: The annual tally on low back and neck pain treatment in the U.S. is at least $87 billion, according to a study in the Journal of American Medical Association.
Avoid Chronic Disease With Regular Physical Activity
Most Americans don't move enough despite proven benefits, such as reduced risk of cancer and chronic diseases, and improved bone health, cognitive function, weight control, and overall quality of life.
The second edition of the
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, reports that approximately 80% of US adults and adolescents are insufficiently active. As a result, many Americans currently have or are likely to experience chronic diseases, including heart disease,
obesity, and depression.
The good news is that regular physical activity can prevent and improve many chronic conditions. America, it's time to get moving!
To find out how much physical activity you should do, click here.
DENVER RESCUE MISSION DONATION CHALLENGE
Last year, we were able to donate 175 hygiene packs to the Denver Rescue Mission (yay!). Keep those donations coming for this year so we can beat last year's record!
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
- Theodor Seuss Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Staff Birthdays This Month
December 12 - Alyssa Nunez
PHIT IN THE KITCHEN - MINI FRITTATAS
Try this versatile recipe for a quick breakfast, snack, or brunch item this month. Substitute your favorite veggies or meats.