Each year in the United States there are 6 million reported pregnancies and over 4 million reported births. Researchers state that on average 70% of women report pain associated with pregnancy and 33% report persistent pain lasting more than one year post-delivery. The most common issues reported are lower back pain or pelvic pain, but pain in the abdominals (diastasis recti), neck, knees, feet and ankles was also reported.
Healthcare costs continue to increase. According to the United States Center for Disease Control the average person sees a physician 3.13 times per year and more than 50% of those visits are related to a new or chronic concern related to a muscle, bone, joint or nerve injury.
The average cost of a physician visit is $200 with a patient paying $49 after insurance (average of copay and high deductible plans), which does not include any imaging ordered by the physician such as an x-ray (average cost $150) or MRI (average cost $1,300).
Here are 5 ways you can help control your healthcare costs in 2019:
The Truth about Shoulder Impingement
Shoulder Impingement accounts for 65% of shoulder pain and functional limitations and is often not treated early enough. To fully understand shoulder impingement its necessary to understand the anatomy of the shoulder.
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint built for mobility. The shoulder joint is composed of 3 bones: the humerus, the scapula and the clavicle. Shoulder Impingement is the pinching or compression of rotator cuff muscle tendons, ligaments or bursa under the acromion. The acromion is the top hook of the scapula that meets the clavicle at the outer point on top of the shoulder. The rotator cuff is composed of 4 muscles: the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. The supraspinatus tendon passes under the acromion and the bursa provides cushion and lubrication to the tendon. The tendon becomes painful due to microtrauma from compression.
Knee osteoarthritis affects more than 19% of the American population over age 40 and 38% over age 60.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the breakdown of the joint surfaces that result in pain, inflammation and restricted motion which all result in disability and decreased quality of life. Osteoarthritis most commonly affects the knee.
Athletic injuries happen daily, in fact 78% of athletes under the age of 22 will experience one or more injuries in their sports career. In addition to traditional athletes, most people remain an athlete throughout their lifetime as an industrial athlete working in heavy demand jobs, weekend warriors through organized adult recreation or simply participating in regular physical activity or caretaking for friends and family members.
Headaches are one of the most common physical complaints of all Americans next to back pain. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) share the following statistics about headaches:
- As many as 45 million Americans have chronic severe headaches that can be disabling.
- Headaches result in more than 8 million doctor visits a year.
- 70% of Americans will suffer headache pain severe enough to seek medical attention.
1.Improve and maintain your flexibility
- Warm up before you stretch
- Gentle stretching after warmup and post workout
- Don’t be too aggressive
- 2. Include strength training in your running program
- Strength training reduces muscular fatigue that leads to poor performance and compensation strategies
- Focus on improving strength in the offseason and pre-season and maintaining while in season.
Workplace safety and employee engagement are two buzz words in the rapidly changing US workforce. Many are familiar with the two separate topics, but new research is linking workplace safety and employee engagement.
Warm Up: A recent Harvard study shows heavy spring cleaning is considered the equivalent of a game of tennis or badminton. Try taking a brisk walk and doing gentle stretching prior to starting your spring cleaning.