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HEALTH Matters

A Pain in the Neck (and Back)

The numbers of Americans suffering from neck and/or back pain are truly staggering. According to the National Health Institute (NHI) at Georgetown University, nearly 65 million people report a recent episode of back pain, with 16 million of adults – 8% – experiencing persistent or chronic back pain. In addition, as many as 70% of … Read more

Why Exercise Is Great Medicine for Chronic Joint Pain

Once you find the motivation, movement can actually decrease your pain. The CDC reports that some 15 million Americans suffer from severe joint pain related to osteoarthritis – and half of them report that this pain occurs almost every day. That’s a staggering number of people who may be putting off activities and sports they … Read more

A First Aid Toolkit—For Your Feet

Take care of your feet, so they can take care of you. Want to keep your feet healthy during the summer months? Avoid walking around barefoot. While summer seems to beckon bare feet, you risk the danger of sunburn, plantar warts, athlete’s foot and the fungus that causes toenail infections. It also increases the risk … Read more

3 Fun Activities That Help Hip Pain

Many favorite summer pastimes come with the bonus of strengthening your hips. Strengthening your hip flexors is one of the best things you can do to relieve hip pain and provide support to achy joints, especially if you suffer from osteoarthritis. The primary hip flexors consist of three main muscles that  function to bend at … Read more