Valley Rehab Center: Back Pain and Difficulty Walking

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Did you know that the way that you walk may be causing your back pain?Many people usemechanically incorrect movements while walking that cause long termwear and tear on their bodies. (continued inside) BACK PAIN & DIFFICULTY WALKING

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BACK PAIN & DIFFICULTY WALKING

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hip) weight-bearing joints are not in correct alignment, youmaybeat risk forstructuralpain.Oneminorwalking error repeated millions of times can do an incredible amount of damage to your back, muscles, nerves and joints.This can also eventually cause pain and arthritis. In addition to improper gait, another major cause of back pain is poor core strength -- specifically, weakness in the abdominal muscles. A person’s pelvis is held in place by numerous muscles, including the abdominals, hamstrings, gluteals, and hip flexors. An imbalance or weakness in these muscles can lead to pelvic misalignment, causing the pelvis to tilt forward or backward. A forward tilt of the pelvis leads to a sway back which can change the way a person walks. In addition to abdominal weakness, a lack of strength in the gluteals and hamstrings can lead to forward pelvic tilt. While the abdominals stabilize the pelvis by pulling upwardon the front, theglutealsandhamstrings offer stability by pulling down on the rear of the pelvis. Exercises must be completed to strengthen both the abdominalsandgluteals. Ingeneral,anextensivewalking program provides the gluteals with a very solid workout if the individual is walking with correct gait.

Discussing Back Pain with Theresa Palkovic, PT.

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techniques. By changing the way you walk, it is possible toeliminateandpreventbackoranyother typesof lower extremity pain. On a daily basis, you walk more than any other physical activity and your gait has a large impact on your overall physicalabilities.Wecanhelpyoudiscover ifsomething with the way you walk may be the reason that you are having pain. You walk over a million steps in a year Your gait involves many body structures all interacting together toproduceyourwalkingstyle. It isasnaturalas breathing,and ifanyofyoursix (twoankle, twoknee, two

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Problems with walking increase as we age and are a leading cause of falls and disability in older adults. At least 20% of adults over 65 have problems with walking. This increases to 50% in adults 85 years old and older. Most of these problems with walking are associated with other underlying issues. Problems with walking are not a direct consequence of getting older. Rather, they are the effects of other conditions that become more common and severe with age. Common risk factors for severe prolbems with walking include advanced age (older than 85) and multiple chronic disease conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, dementia, stroke, hip fracture, or cancer. Common conditions that contribute to walking problems include the following: 1. Back pain 2. Joint pain and arthritis 3. Diseases of the muscles or bones 4. Poor fitness 5. Problems after orthopedic surgery or stroke 6. Low blood pressure and heart disease 7. Parkinson’s disease 8. Vision or balance problems 9. Fear of falling

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Healthy Recipe: CHICKEN QUESADILLAS

INGREDIENTS • 2 tbsp low sodium chicken broth • 1⁄4 cup onion, chopped • 1 small garlic clove, minced • 1⁄4 cup bell pepper, chopped • 2 chili peppers, minced (to taste)

• 3 plum tomatoes, chopped • 8 flour tortillas

• 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded • 1 1⁄2 cups cooked chicken, shredded • scallion, cut on the bias (garnish) • salsa (garnish) • nonfat sour cream (garnish)

DIRECTIONS In a medium-heavy skillet, saute the onions, garlic and peppers until soft in the 2 tablespoons chicken broth. Add the chili peppers and tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes more until the liquid has evaporated. Add the chicken and stir well to combine. Spray a cold skillet with the nonstick spray and heat over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the pan and sprinkle with 1/8 cup cheese. Add about a quarter of the chicken mixture and top with another 1/8 cup cheese. Cover with another tortilla and cook for two to three minutes or until golden brown. Flip the quesadilla over and cook for an additional two minutes. Remove from the heat and cut into edges. Keep warm while frying the remaining quesadillas. Serve with salsa, scallions, and fat-free sour cream.

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