Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Falls are one of the most common reasons for injury among older people. Estimates show that 1 in 10 falls causes a serious injury such as a hip fracture.
But there are things you can do to prevent falls. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and an active social calendar can help you avoid serious injury from a fall. Staying active with exercises such as yoga or weight training not only helps with your balance but also keeps your body strong.
Making simple changes to your everyday activities and home environment can help decrease hazards that can lead to a fall. These changes include keeping walkways and stairs free of clutter and having nonskid surfaces in the bathtub or shower. Wearing sensible rubber-soled shoes can also reduce your chances of a fall.
Another way to reduce your risk of serious injury is by keeping your bones healthy and preventing osteoporosis (thinning bones). Since most diets do not provide enough calcium or vitamin D, most adults over the age of 50 need 1,200 mg of calcium and 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D (preferably vitamin D3) every day in order to keep bones strong.
You may be at an increased risk of taking a fall or having a serious injury as a result of a fall for several reasons. These factors include:
Falls are often caused by hazards that are easy to prevent. This checklist helps you find and fix potential hazards in each room of your home.
In all the rooms of your home, garage, or workspace, keep clutter to a minimum. Try to clean out things you no longer need or use on a regular basis.
You can modify your daily activities to help prevent falls and to minimize the risk of serious injury in case a fall does happen. These steps include:
Maintaining or improving your balance through exercises like Tai Chi, Qi gong, or yoga can also improve your ability to prevent falls or serious injury from them. Two examples of balance exercises are:
Staying engaged with friends and family and getting regular daily exercise are important ways to keep both your body and your mind energized. These activities also reduce the risk of developing depression and help minimize fall-related injuries.
Another way to reduce your risk of serious injury is by keeping your bones healthy and preventing osteoporosis (thinning bones). Since most diets do not provide enough calcium or vitamin D, most adults over the age of 50 need 1,200 mg of calcium and 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D every day in order to keep bones strong.
In addition, you will want to have your hearing, vision, and blood pressure checked regularly. Check your vision and get new glasses if you do not see well. Poor vision or hearing can contribute to the risk of falls, while unexpected changes in blood pressure can lead to dizziness. Keeping your blood pressure under good control will help reduce the risk of sudden confusion or blackouts.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.