Shoulder Neck Syndrome / Low Back Pain / Metabolic Syndrome
/ Geriatric Reconditioning Program / Neuro-Rehab
Shoulder Neck Syndrome
In recent years, increasing problems related shoulder-neck disorders has been reported around the world. This is because of constrained work postures and repetitive work tasks in industry. The prevalence rate of tension neck syndrome among male industrial workers is 4-9%. Compared with blue collar workers, white collar had a significant odds ratio (4.8) of shoulder neck syndrome. (Hagberg, 1986, Prevalence rates and odds ratios of shoulder-neck diseases in different occupational groups, British Journal of Industrial Medicine; 44:602-610)
Low Back Pain
Low back pain is a common disorder involving the muscles and bones of the back. It affects about 40% of people at some point in their lives. 26.4% of U.S. adults report back pain lasting at least a day in the past 3 months. (Deyo, 2002, Back Pain Prevalence and Visit Rates, SPINE Volume 31, Number 23, pp 2724–2727)
Metabolic syndrome affects approximately 24% of the adult population; according to the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) criteria, about 47 million people have metabolic syndrome in US, including 44% of those in the ≥ 50-year age group.
Geriatric Reconditioning Program
Today, there are nearly 1 billion people in the world over the age of 60. By the year 2030, the number of individuals 65 years and over will reach 70 million in the United States alone. Those 85 and older will then be the fastest-growing segment of our population. According to World Health Organization, being in the older age group is becoming the 'new normal' for the world's population. (Exercise and older adult, ACSM current comment)
In 2008, Stroke caused 6.2 million deaths (~11% of the total) worldwide. Approximately 17 million people had a stroke in 2010 and 33 million people have previously had a stroke and are still alive. Between 1990 and 2010 the number of strokes decrease by approximately 10% in the developed world and increased by 10% in the developing world. Overall two thirds of strokes occurred in those over 65 years old.