We have just opened a new location in the Leechburg area! It is located at 116 Main Street, Leechburg, PA 15626; and will be replacing our Spine Center Wexford location. We look forward to serving patients in Leechburg and surrounding areas!
As a follow-up to our previous entry on the importance of good posture, we would like to introduce some basic exercises to help restore and maintain normal and optimal posture. Please note that exercise should be cleared with a physician or physical therapist before beginning any new exercise routine. These exercises should not be painful. If you have pain with any exercise that feels like more than just a stretch please stop and consult a physician or physical therapist. Peck door stretch: this stretch is to facilitate optimal shoulder positioning by lessening the tension of the muscles and tendons in the front of the shoulder. While standing in a doorway. Place hands in the lowest position shown in the picture. Look straight ahead and take a small step forward with one foot until you feel a stretch. You should feel this in your shoulders and chest. Hold for 20 seconds and do this 3 times. Next repeat this for the middle position followed by the highest position. Repeat: 3 Times Hold: 20 Seconds Complete: 1 Set Perform: 1 time per day 2. Shoulder blade squeezing (scapular retraction): this exercise can be performed all throughout the day as […]
What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It occurs when the bones lose their normal density and become more fragile or brittle. This disease increases the chances of a broken bone, especially a break without significant trauma (ie. ground level fall). What are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis? Osteoporosis does not have any specific signs or symptoms and is often considered a “silent disease.” Most people do not know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. The most common types of fractures due to osteoporosis are vertebral fractures, hip fractures and wrist fractures. How common is osteoporosis and who gets it? Nearly 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and even more than that have osteopenia. Osteopenia is low bone density that does not severely weaken the bones like osteoporosis does, but it does place patients at an increased risk for developing osteoporosis. Although osteoporosis can arise at any age, it is more common in the elderly population. Many people think osteoporosis is a disease only women can get, but men can get osteoporosis too. About 50% of women and 25% of men over 50 years old will sustain an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime. What are […]