Other Chronic Orthopedic Diseases
Orthodpedic conditions can be congenital or aquired later in life. Some result from an acute injury, others are chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis or fibromyalgia. They can affect your back, joints, or head and neck region.
Whether you have a chronic condition or are recovering from an injury or surgery,We can help you feel better, manage daily living and enjoy recreational activities. People older than 65 years constitute one of the fastest growing population segments. This age group also exhibits the greatest proportion of chronic disease, disability, and healthcare utilization. Coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and cognitive disorders are a few of the more common diseases that become more prevalent as people age.
Regular exercise has been proven to benefit overall health and function of individuals of all ages. Moreover, risk factors for chronic disease respond to exercise interventions in younger adult populations. The same is most likely true for older adults. Unfortunately, inactivity tends to increases as people age. There is a perception that chronic disease is a part of the normal aging process, and that elderly cannot respond to lifestyle interventions; both of which are false. People who adopt lifestyle modifications, including exercise, can expect an increase in life expectancy, decrease in disability, and reduced healthcare costs.
Here is a review of some common chronic diseases, and the impact of regular exercise on the course of each disease (Please note, people with chronic disease(s) should consult their primary care doctor prior to initiating any exercise program!):
Studies have shown that improvements in cognition (memory, attention, reaction time, and intelligence) occur in older participants in aerobic fitness programs. Safety is the primary issue in exercise programs for older adults with cognitive deficits. Injury prevention secondary to proper attire, optimal environmental conditions, and simple equipment are essential. Also, supervision is a must. Chair exercises with household items (a knotted towel), accompanied by familiar music is effective at promoting patient participation and functional gains.