Highlights Overview: Back pain can be acute, subacute, or chronic, and more commonly occurs in the lower area of the back.
Acute back pain develops suddenly and lasts up to several weeks. Acute pain is the most common type of back pain. Subacute back pain is pain that lasts up to three months. Chronic back pain can begin abruptly or gradually, linger, subside and then come back, but it lasts longer than 3 months. With proper self-care, most acute cases resolve within 4 - 6 weeks. Two-thirds of those patients, however, will experience another episode of back pain within 12 months. Diagnosis: A medical history and a brief physical examination is always necessary for both acute and chronic back pain. The main goal of a physical exam is to try and determine the source of the pain and to detect warning symptoms. Imaging techniques such as x-rays or scans are rarely recommended in the first month unless the health care provider suspects a serious problem such as a tumor, fracture, infection, caud...
You buy all those exercise gadgets advertised on home shopping networks or late night TV infomercials. You try every diet fad that comes along. The one thing you don't do is commit to a daily health habit that costs zero dollars and is ready any time of the day or night. Walking is something anyone can do. You can make it harder by adding hill walking or hiking or by adding intervals of jogging. Why else should you start a walking program?
Recent studies suggest that 30 minutes of walking daily can reduce the risk of heart disease. With heart disease still the #1 killer of men and women, a walking program is an easy and inexpensive way to lower your risk.
Walking for a few hours a week cumulatively has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, especially in overweight women
A daily walk can set you up for a good night's sleep. It can reduce aches and pains that interfere with sleep, relax you and even tire you a bit ...
Walking and health
Health and walking; Mild exercise; Exercise - is walking worthwhile
Regular exercise -- including walking
-- decreases your risk of death, heart attacks,
stroke, high blood pressure, some cancers,
osteoporosis, depression, anxiety, and obesity. It also
improves overall health, helps osteoarthritis and
diabetes, boosts HDL (good cholesterol) levels, and
If you do not have any medical conditions
that might make walking harmful to you (such
as being likely to fall or having active
heart disease), walking is an excellent, inexpensive
form of exercise. You should always check with your
medical provider before you begin any new form of
Thirty minutes of physical activity (walking or
other) on most days is recommended by the Surgeon
General. A brisk 30-minute walk burns about 200
calories. Walking slowly for 30 minutes uses 100
calories. Even making a few minor changes, such as
parking farther from wor...
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