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About "bones," what you probably didn't know

Bone Health Lakewood Physical TherapyHere's some really great information on Bones, and how your muscles work with bones to create your amazing structure.

Bones

Peak bone mass happens in our late 20s to early 30s.

Bone loss occurs at the rate of 0.5% per year after the age of 40.

Post menopausal women lose bone at the rate of 5-6% per year for up to ten years.

Our bones serve many purposes, including:

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Beneficial Foods - Best Way to Heal Faster from Surgery

 

Healthy Diet For Surgery Recovery

Some foods give us more benefit than just calories. The foods listed have the following benefits. Use this as a guide to improve your health and recovery from surgery!

Omega – 3 Fatty Acids

  • Improve heart health
  • Reduce risk of stroke and heart attack
  • Improve brain function
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Metabolism
  • Ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is 1:1
  • EPA is beneficial for heart health (wild fish, seaweed, algea)
  • DHA improves brain function (synthesized from EPA)
  • ALA does not decrease inflammation (nuts, seeds, vegetable oil)

Polyphenols

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Try Physical Therapy FIRST

If you are recovering from surgery, injury, or accident - OR you are in pain and discomfort and need to feel better and heal quickly - TRY PHYSICAL THERAPY FIRST.

Often times, a doctorate trained physical therapist can better diagnose the physical issues you're struggling with and help improve your health by fixing the SOURCE of the problem - instead of just masking the symptoms with medications.

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Shin Splints - Do You Have Pain In Your Shins After Walking of Running?

What Are Shin Splints?
Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is an overuse injury that causes lower leg pain. This problem is the cause in 18% of running injuries and is 2-3 more prevalent in women than men. Shin splints are primarily caused by a mismatch between overload and recovery during weight bearing exercise. High-stress impact loading during running or walking places an increased stress on the lower leg bone (tibia). When this stress increases gradually the bone strengthens in order to handle the load. Shin splints occur when the body’s ability to strengthen the bone is not able to keep up with the stress being placed on the bone. This imbalance of bone strengthening and stress causes small cracks in the bone and inflammation of the surrounding tissue.  

The pain from shin splints can be classified into 4 stages in order of severity:
Light pain or stiffness after working out.Pain at the beginning of a work-out which disappears during the warm-up.
Pain during the work-out, but also after the workout and during the night. The pain subsides after long rest and inactivity.
Constant pain. The pain does not disappear after rest.

What Mechanical Factors Contribute to Shin Splints?

  • Excessive flattening (pronation) of the feet when walking or running.
  • Tight calf muscles.
  • Weak ankle stabilizer muscles (soleus, flexor digitorum longus, posterior tibialis).
  • Walking or running on hard surfaces.
  • Walking or running in old shoes.

What is the Preferred Treatment for Shin Splints?Shin Splint Pain Relief - Superfeet

  • Ice
  • Superfeet are an inexpensive orthotics option.
  • Rest (The amount of rest depends on the stage above).
  • Anti-inflammatory medication (prescribed by a medical doctor).Orthotics to support the arch of your foot and decrease the flattening of your feet.
  • Make sure you shoes are not too old (running shoes should be replaced every 300-600 miles).
  • Run or walk on softer surfaces such as dirt.
  • Increase the endurance of your ankle muscles with these exercises.
  • Stretch your calf muscles.
  • Cross-train to give your body a break from high-stress impact loading (cycling and swimming are great choices for maintaining aerobic fitness while resting the injury).

When you are ready to resume training, gradually increase your duration and intensity so that the bones can keep up. Prevent recurrence by instituting rest weeks into your training (We recommend an active rest week of 1/2 your usual training duration and intensity every 4th week).

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Fall Prevention is a Great Way to Stay Out of The Hospital.

One-third of people over the age of 65 suffer from a fall each year.

Falls are the number one cause of hospital trauma admissions, injuries and accident-related deaths in this people over 65.

In 2002, fall-related injuries were the cause of death for approximately 13,000 Americans.

Injury from Falling - Physical Therapy can helpThe National Safety Council expects the number of people over age 65 to double by the year 2030, which will potentially double the number of falls in this age group.

Why Do People Over 65 Fall More?
The ability to avoid falling is dependent on a persons ability to maintain balance in a variety of situations.  Maintaining balance is a complex process that relies on multiple sensory systems working together.  These sensory systems include receptors in the foot and ankle as well as the eyes and the inner ear.  The brain receives signals from these sensory systems and in turn sends signals to the muscles of the trunk and lower extremities to react and maintain balance.  As we age the sensory systems may become slower and the muscles may become weak and unable to adjust quick enough or powerful enough to avoid falling.

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