There are a variety of reasons that people, young and old alike, may have difficulty getting around. Some are a result of an injury, an accident, genetics, neurological disorders, or being overweight. The good news is that if you or a loved one has limited mobility, there are effective treatment options and devices such as mobility scooters, available that can to improve your quality of life. I know this as mum Mum loved her mobility scooter – in fact, it changed her life.
There are many types of arthritis that affect roughly 40 million Americans each year, including osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s a debilitating disease that can make it difficult to walk, sit, sleep and work. It also reduces your mobility, limiting your physical activities. Fortunately, there are various treatment options available including surgery, physical therapy, and medication. Many people are now also returning to natural treatment options like meditation, yoga, and acupuncture. The main goal of any treatment is to stop the inflammation, prevent damage to the joints and organs, and relieve symptoms to improve the physical function and well-being of patients.
Millions of people suffer from occasional back pain. This can happen to most anyone for a variety of reasons like an extreme workout, lifting something incorrectly or bending the wrong way. Since the back offers support for the entire body, dealing with this day in and day out can take a toll on you and your body. Many others are not so fortunate. For those who have a spinal nerve disorder, spinal stenosis, scoliosis or sciatica, it’s a daily event to suffer in pain. For many, standing, sitting and lying down are all uncomfortable. Thankfully, research is constantly at work developing new prescriptions to offer pain relief. If you are looking for an alternative to surgery and prescription medications, chiropractors can provide temporary relief of the pressure points. You can also perform low-impact exercises to strengthen the back, meditate and have regular massage therapy sessions.
Parkinson’s disease affects millions of people each year. The tell-tale symptoms usually consist of mild body tremors, joint stiffness, and loss of movement. Unfortunately, the symptoms will worsen over time affecting your ability to stand tall, walk straight, speak clearly and even prohibits facial expressions. It can leave people defenceless and unable to move without assistance. With advancements in medication and technology, patients can get around with a laser cane or specialty walkers, giving them some independence.
With nearly one-third of the American population classified as obese and another one-third classified as overweight, it isn’t any wonder that many people are having trouble with normal day to day functions. At first, the added weight is more of a nuisance than anything else, but after just a year or two of carting around the excess weight, it starts to take a toll on the organs, muscles, and bones. Obesity can bring on diabetes, heart disease and cause your muscles to break down into piles of fat, making it difficult to walk, climb and even sit comfortably. Fortunately, you can do something about this chronic condition and return your body to a healthy state. If you choose to ignore the weight and simply live with it, your chances for a premature death will increase.
There are several types of muscular dystrophy, with the most common being Duchenne. The initial symptoms can range from difficulty with sitting, standing, running or jumping, to inflammation and pain in the joints. As time goes by the symptoms worsen to probable stumbles and falls, breathing issues, a curvature of the spine and the inability to walk alone. While there is no cure available, there are treatments that can prolong a higher quality of life. Therapy sessions, canes, walkers, and braces can help to make a person as comfortable as possible and allow them to get around for a brief amount of time unassisted.