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Falling is never good at any age, but it is a particularly hazardous event for the elderly who are not able to reduce the impact of a fall as well as those of younger ages. Most falls occur in women and the risk increases with age.
Fully two thirds of those who experience a fall will do so again within the following six months. So what can older adults do to help prevent a fall in the first place? The greatest contributors to falls in older adults are osteoporosis, reduced physical activity, impaired vision and environmental hazards.
Acute or sudden onset back pain can be due to a number of causes. It’s easier than one thinks to sprain or strain the tendons, muscles and ligaments that support the spine, especially if we are out of shape. While sports injuries are common, sudden onset back pain may also be a result of just bending over to pick something up off the floor.
While we are usually unaware of the bursae in our bodies, when one of them becomes inflamed the pain is hard to ignore.
What is a bursa? A bursa is a pouch filled with a small amount of lubricating fluid that provides cushioning between a bone and a tendon, ligament, muscle or skin, which allows them to slide smoothly over the bone as it moves.