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.
Estimates show that 1 in 10 falls causes a serious injury such as a hip fracture among older people. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and an active social calendar can help you avoid serious injury from a fall.
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.
You can connect with me in a variety of ways, depending on the situation and what is most convenient for you at the time. I am available online, by telephone, or in person.
Having all of our Kaiser Permanente departments located together or nearby, including pharmacy, laboratory, radiology and health education, makes getting your care easier for you.
Another major benefit is our comprehensive electronic medical record system which allows all of the doctors and clinicians involved in your care to stay current on your health status and to collaborate with each other as appropriate.
When every member of the health care team is aware of all aspects of your condition, care is safer and more effective.
We will work together to monitor and assess how your medications are working and make adjustments as needed. Prescriptions can be filled at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. Just let me know which pharmacy works best for you and I will send the prescription electronically in advance of your arrival at the pharmacy.
If refills are needed in the future, you can:
For lab tests, I will use our electronic medical record system to send the requisition to the Kaiser Permanente laboratory of your choice. For imaging procedures we will schedule an appointment with the radiology department. When the results are ready I will contact you with your results by letter, secure e-mail message, or phone. In addition, you can view most of your laboratory results online, along with any comments that I have attached to explain them.
My specialty colleagues are readily available to assist me if I need additional advice about your condition. In some cases, I may contact them during your visit, so we can discuss your care together. If we decide you need a specialty appointment after that discussion, we can often schedule it the same day or soon thereafter.
As part of our commitment to prevention, additional members of our health care team may contact you to come in for a visit or test. We will contact you if you are overdue for cancer screenings or conditions which may require monitoring.
My goal is to provide high quality care and to offer you choices that make your health care convenient. I recommend that you become familiar with the many resources we offer so that you can choose the services that work best for you.
My Doctor Online is available 24/7 so that you can access and manage your care where and when it is most convenient. From my home page you can:
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.