With the back-to-school routine in full swing, it’s time to leave the carefree days of summer behind and get back into the routine. For many kids and teenagers, that means long days—and heavy loads. Heavy backpacks and the backpack pain they cause can contribute to lasting changes in spinal column compression and curvature in the lower back. Those changes are dangerous for anyone, especially growing children.
When fair weather finally arrives in the Chicagoland area, we’re all desperate to return to our favorite outdoor activities. These first few sunny weeks feel like a gift after all Mother Nature has slung our way, mild winter or not. Beware your enthusiasm, though—be conscious about protecting your lower back. Avoiding lower back pain now means you can enjoy the entire summer.
Pregnancy can be a wonderful time of anticipation. Whether you and your partner are looking forward to welcoming your first child, or to expanding your family with an addition, it’s a joyous wait. That doesn’t mean it’s all roses for the expectant mama. Along with the glow, pregnancy can bring a host of discomforts. One of the most common of these is back pain. Even women who have never before experienced back pain can find that they’re struggling, especially once they hit the halfway mark in pregnancy.
Symphysis pubic pain during pregnancy commonly makes sleeping, going up and down the stairs, and getting into and out of the car very difficult and painful. Many women suffer with this discomfort during their pregnancies especially as they approach the later months and the baby puts more pressure on this area. Typically, the symphysis pubis joint, located in the front central region of the pelvis, is very stable. However, pregnancy causes changes in hormones that make this joint more flexible in preparation for the growing baby and labor and delivery. Because pregnant women typically avoid taking medication during pregnancy, they may not know about natural ways to get rid of this pain.
Millions of kids suffer with ear infections that many times become a chronic problem leading to ear tubes. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, three out of four children will be diagnosed with an ear infection by the age of three. Ear infections are the most common reason for childhood visits to the pediatrician. Although research shows that antibiotics are not the most effective treatment for ear infections, 96%-98% of physicians immediately treat ear infections with antibiotics. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a ‘watch-and-wait-approach‘ based on the evidence-based research. This research indicates that antibiotics are rarely effective and actually lead to repeated ear infections. Many parents are becoming concerned with antibiotic resistance and are looking for other solutions to help with ear infections.
It's that time of the year again! Everywhere we turn, we hear about getting the flu shot to avoid the flu. However, research shows that flu shots are not the most effective way to avoid the flu. Read on to learn easy tips to keep your family healthy this flu season!