April 9, 2018 – As we age, proper posture and regular exercise play an increasingly prominent role in reducing the risk of developing spine-related problems. For those in, or approaching, the golden years, it’s important to live an active lifestyle that focuses on healthy posture, function and movement. It’s normal to experience some functional decline as our bones and intervertebral discs deteriorate over time, but that doesn’t mean that aches, pains and joint stiffness should go unaddressed. And yet, a good portion of people in the United States are living with spine-associated pain: A European Spine Journal study found that back and neck pain are top complaints among about 20% to 25% of the population over 70 years old.
Some of the keys to caring for your spine—and ensuring your ability to participate in a full and active lifestyle—include following a safe and effective exercise and monitoring program and maintaining your general posture health and well-being. Whether these are steps you’re actively taking or not, it’s a good rule of thumb to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist to address the current—and future—health of your spine.
“Spine Monitor helped me recover from my back pain by addressing the problem, not just the pain.” – a 51 year old Spine Monitor patient.
Following a thorough review of your medical history and activity level, a physical therapist who is trained to identify the impact that activities like lifting, sitting and standing have on your spine, can monitor this information through a small wireless sensor that provides feedback and information to help make the proper clinical decisions. The information gathered is used to address any functional limitations you might have and to design an at-home exercise program to keep your spine healthy. In addition to monitoring your bending, lifting, and twisting activities, Spine Monitor tracks the patient’s steps and distance travelled—a key part of exercising to recover from a spine issues. Spine Monitor and your clinician will provide targeted exercises and postural modifications, back and neck stretches important for improving flexibility, joint function, and range of motion for preventing spine-related injuries.
Through our monitoring we make modifications and suggest interventions, making it possible to live an active and healthy lifestyle while lowering your chances of back and neck injuries and pain as you age. By actively monitoring and maintaining the health of our spines, a person is rewarded with the ability to move about freely, bend with flexibility and stand upright—functions taken for granted. Take it from a Spine Monitor patient who recently declared,
“The feedback that my physical therapist sent me kept me on track to heal and prevent future back exacerbations. I wish I had the Spine Monitor program twenty years ago when I first started experiencing my back pain.” – a current Spine Monitor patient.