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 […]

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 […]

Cognitive Skills: Keeping the Brain Flexible

Cognitive Skills: Keeping the Brain Flexible What is Cognition? Cognition is the ability to think, reason, remember, analyze, interpret, judge, and problem solve. It involves the higher-level brain functions such as language, perception, imagination, and planning. It is a mental process to gain knowledge and understanding. Cognition and memory are the cornerstone of rational thought […]

When Should I Get a Knee Replacement?

When Should I Get a Knee Replacement? The simplest answer to your question is when the pain becomes debilitating, and you have exhausted all conservate care options including Physical Therapy.  A lot of times people find success with Physical Therapy alone or in conjunction with cortisone injections to manage the pain.  However, depending on your […]

The Effects of Exercise on Diabetes

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The Effects of Exercise on Diabetes If you are a diabetic, you may have heard of the debate between whether exercise is helpful to people with diabetes or whether it can be harmful. Some people believe that exercise can potentially do more harm than good, especially in those who take insulin. This is because exercise […]

Why We Should All Practice Balance

balance practice

Why We Should Practice Balance Balance is involved in everything we do. From walking and dancing to leaning over to tie your shoes, you need good balance. Good balance plays an increasingly important role in our lives, contributing to our quality of life and independence. Practicing balance involves exercises and activities that strengthen your muscles […]