Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. With more than 3,000 variations, it can be daunting for novice drinkers to know where to start. However, with the current research about tea and its many health benefits for those who sip it regularly, it is worth exploring the perks of this popular potable. click for more
Historically, Sports Medicine has been synonymous with sideline orthopedic surgeons rushing to the aid of a football player, tennis star or golf great. But in recent years, Sports Medicine has become a growing multidisciplinary field attracting physicians from Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Even pediatricians have migrated to specializing in Sports Medicine.
The patients have changed, too. “In my 16 years of practice in Sports Medicine, I’ve treated numerous professional athletes from various national and international golf and tennis tournaments,” says Stephen Steele, DO, FAOASM, a Family Medicine physician who specializes in Sports Medicine. “I’ve also seen my practice evolve to include individuals who get their exercise by simply walking the dog or climbing the stairs in their house.”
The benefit of a Sports Medicine physician, for athletes and non-athletes alike, is that they have been trained to focus on the precise diagnosis and treatment of a patient’s injury and can make the necessary referrals to safely return them to the activities they enjoy. Dr. Steele notes, “Injury management is precision. Find the exact, right diagnosis…then you can treat it much more efficiently.” click for more
Osteoporosis and urinary incontinence are two conditions that affect both men and women but are largely associated with the female population. Recent figures estimate more than 52 million Americans either have osteoporosis or low bone mass, of which 35 million are women. Urinary incontinence, defined as a condition in which involuntary loss of urine causes a social or hygienic problem, affects another 15 to 25 million Americans, of which the majority are women.
As we age, our bone growth peaks at age 30 before it begins an age-related decline in mass that increases drastically at menopause. Additionally, peak muscle mass is achieved by our 40s, with age-related loss of muscle beginning at age 50. This muscle loss impacts the smooth muscles of the pelvic floor.
However, both bone and muscle loss can respond to exercise. Specific exercises targeted to maintain bone mass, reduce age-related bone loss, preserve muscle strength, coordination and postural stability, and reduce future risk of falls or fractures, can be performed with very little equipment. Age, fitness level and risk factors should always be evaluated in consultation with your physician before seeing a physical therapist. click for more
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