How to Improve Balance and Avoid Falls

Ways You Can Improve Your Balance Balance is vital to performing activities of daily living, including household chores, shopping, cooking, and traveling, safely in older adults. Maintaining balance independence is crucial for health and well-being during the aging process. Poor balance has been shown to be a major risk factor for falls; and falls are […]

Spotlight: Judy Vander

Judy Vander is an accomplished musician, scholar, ethnomusicologist, and composer, writing many of her own works over her lifetime. Here she discusses her current project–an ambitious composition setting Darwin’s “Origin of Species” to music. In addition to music, Judy stays active through volunteering in the community, daily walks, and practicing yoga. Quick Tips for Shoulder […]

Quick Tips for Shoulder Health

Shoulders can be tricky joints to deal with due to their wide range of motion. Dr. Kathy Doubleday shares three of her favorite tips to keeping them moving smoothly. Learn how simple changes in things like like posture can make a big difference on the stress you put on your shoulders. More expert advice and […]

Sleeping with the Enemy: Getting a Good Night Sleep with Back Pain

Low back pain is an extremely common complaint, with approximately 80% of the population suffering with low back pain at some point in their lives. One of the main issues that people with low back pain report is decreased sleep quantity and quality. Why is this concerning? Well, poor sleep quality has been linked to […]

Getting an Epidural: What to Expect

Chronic lower back pain is an extremely common condition and is the leading cause of disability around the world. There are a variety of conditions that lead to lower back pain with or without sciatica, including prolapsed intervertebral disc herniation. Various conservative treatment options exist including physiotherapy, manual therapy, manipulation, and numerous anti-inflammatory and pain […]

Staying Social: Why It’s Important to Our Health

Social connections are essential for health and well-being, especially as people get older. Loneliness and social isolation are quickly becoming public health concerns as the population ages. While loneliness and social isolation can occur at any age, studies have shown that older adults often spend more time alone, leaving them more vulnerable to social isolation […]

Achy Knees: The Facts About Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects more than 240 million people around the world, making it the most common joint disease. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body but more commonly occurs in the knees, hips, hands, lower back and neck. In individuals with knee osteoarthritis, the cartilage wears down and becomes rough, and the protective joint space […]

Spinal Stenosis: The Other Cause of Back Pain

Spinal Stenosis

 Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common condition, affecting more than 200,000 adults in the United States. Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common reason for spinal surgery in patients over the age of 65; however, surgery has shown no significant benefit over conservative treatment options. If you have recently received a diagnosis of lumbar spinal […]