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The number of people suffering from musculoskeletal problems such as chronic back pain, knee injuries and osteoarthritis, to name a few, is on the rise. Currently more prevalent than any other national health priority area in Australia with thirty percent of Australians reporting that they have arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Here are some tips about reducing risks. But, a reminder to please refer to your treating health practitioner for your own special health management needs.
The causes: While osteoporosis and osteopenia (low bone density) often occur due to ageing and menopause – which affects everyone and particularly women - medications for other conditions including arthritis, asthma, breast cancer and hyperthyroidism, can lead to low bone density. Some lifestyle factors can also contribute, such as smoking, excessive alcohol intake, a lack of calcium and vitamin D, and not being active.
How to reduce your risk: Thankfully, osteoporosis is preventable. According to Osteoporosis Australia, four major ways to keep the condition at bay are:
The causes: There are more than 100 forms of arthritis and the causes of most of them are unknown. However, those with a family history are more at risk, as are people who smoke, don’t exercise regularly and have problems with their immune system.
How to reduce your risk: Since there aren’t direct causes, it’s not completely clear how to prevent arthritis but there are ways to delay onset and manage pain.
The causes: Back pain linked to a specific cause accounts for about five percent of cases, meaning it’s hard to know what leads to most lower back pain. However, the most common reasons seem to be muscle or ligament strain or bulging discs.
How to reduce your risk: Being in good shape physically is one of the best preventions for back problems, as is being smart about how you use and move your body, especially since we now spend more time seated than ever before. Over 10 years, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that total sitting time has increased by almost an hour a day among adults. Here’s how to ease the daily load on your back.
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