Spinal injuries are one of the most devastating injuries out there. Pain in affected limbs, numbness, loss of motor control, paralysis and even death can occur when the spinal cord is injured. Even though recovery from some spinal injuries is possible, the person suffering from one will often have weakness, numbness and lasting pain. To prevent spinal injuries from happening, take a look at the most popular causes, the signs and symptoms of them and how to safeguard yourself from suffering one. Causes Spinal injuries can be caused in a multitude of ways. The group at highest risk is men followed by persons between the ages of 14 to 30 years old. People over age 65 or have existing medical conditions are also at high risk. Anyone who partakes in risky activities like sports also raises their chance of a spinal injury. Common Accidents Resulting in Spinal Injury • Falls Continue reading →

Building strong, healthy bones while you’re young is important, but as you get older there are steps to improve your bone health at any age. Here are a few ways to protect your bones from becoming brittle as you age. Increase Your Calcium Intake Taking a daily calcium supplement is a good start to any health regime. Consider also adding more calcium-rich foods into your diet. Food high in calcium include dairy products, dark leafy green vegetables, and oily fish like sardines and salmon. Other calcium-rich options include fortified tofu, almonds, dried figs, and soy milk. Take Vitamin D Supplements Most people in northern climates don’t get enough vitamin D the natural way (from the sun). Vitamin F is a necessary ingredient to helping the body absorb calcium properly, which you need more and more of as you age. It’s recommended that adults take 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin Continue reading →