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Being mindful while exercising could decrease injuries

When people in California are preparing to try a new exercise or movement for the first time, they are automatically at a higher risk of experiencing an injury. Their ability to protect themselves depends on how much attention they put into preparing to try something new, as well as their willingness to seek instruction from sources that can provide valuable suggestions for completing the exercise safely and effectively. 

A rather new phenomenon is the term 'conscious movement' where experts recommend that people be mindful of what they are doing and how their body is operating to reduce their chances of injury while optimizing their workout routine. While this concept has recently gained interest from a majority of fitness gurus, its origin goes back hundreds of years to the foundation of practices like Tai Chi. In addition to recognizing how their body is moving, people can benefit from learning about how their body parts work together to complete each exercise they are doing. 

Back injuries shouldn't be common in the workplace

Workers should always have a safe place to their job duties. While many employers tend to focus on the major hazards in the workplace, there are some less serious ones that aren't always considered. Back injuries, for example, aren't always considered but this doesn't mean that they will be minor. In fact, back injuries can debilitate workers.

Trying to prevent workers from suffering from back injuries requires a comprehensive program that includes safety procedure reminders and the tools necessary to remain safe. It is still possible that employees will suffer injuries, but it is less likely if there is a program in place that is being followed by everyone involved.

Using positive thinking to stay motivated during an injury

When people in California experience a back injury, it could be the result of a car accident, repetitive stress at work or improperly lifting an object. Despite the cause, dealing with an injury that causes intermittent or continual pain can be discouraging and cause people to lose hope that they will recover and be able to resume their normal activities. While recovering from their injury is an important task alone, staying motivated during that time is also critical for people to be able to heal successfully. 

According to verywellhealth.com, there are two primary types of back pain including non-specific and specific. Simply put, specific back pain has a diagnosed cause including diseases such as osteoporosis and scoliosis. If a person has back pain associated with poor posture or tasks they have to do at their job, these would be classified as non-specific causes. 

Schizophrenia, homelessness and social security disability

According to the Social Security Administration, California residents who have a serious mental disorder are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. In fact, according to one study, just 16 percent of the total U.S.A. population lives with a disability, compared with nearly 40 percent of the homeless populace. While assistance is often available to these individuals, the nature of one's illness often prevents one from qualifying or applying for financial aid. Two mental conditions that make applying for government assistance difficult include schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia. The two conditions together affect approximately one in 100 individuals.

Technically speaking, individuals of the schizophrenic population should be eligible for supplemental security income or social security disability. However, because of the nature of their impairment, inflicted individuals often face many obstacles to completing the SSI or SSD applications. For an applicant to qualify for SSA assistance, he or she must present thorough evidence in the form of doctors' reports, psychological evaluations, CT scans and other forms of medical documentation.

A torn anterior cruciate ligament can end careers

Some workers are at risk of serious knee injuries because of their job duties. These can be painful and are sometimes activity-limiting. Serious injuries and ones that occur to people who have intense jobs can also end careers.

One injury that is particularly troublesome is a torn anterior cruciate ligament. This is commonly associated with a sudden stop in movement, having to jump, or making quick changes in direction. Using proper body mechanics and having proper safety gear can help to prevent this injury.

What are compassionate allowances?

If you need to apply for Social Security Disability in California, you may want to check into compassionate allowances. According to the Social Security Administration, compassionate allowances are a quick way to identify qualifying medical conditions. If your disability obviously qualifies, you may fall under the compassionate allowances program.

To get SSDI, you have to have a qualifying medical condition. It can take some time to go through the application process because the SSA must verify your condition meets the requirements to qualify for SSDI. However, with compassionate allowances, if you have certain conditions, there is no need to run them through the qualification process, so your application may get approval much quicker.

What happens when your employer won't accommodate a work injury?

Suffering a workplace injury can be a downright traumatic experience. Not only do you have to deal with the pain of your injury, but you also have to worry about the impact it will have on your life and your family. The process of dealing with both the workers' compensation insurance program can also be quite stressful.

In order to recover as smoothly as possible after an injury, it is important that you understand your rights following a workplace accident. Whether your injury is the result of a single traumatic event or accumulated trauma due to repetitive stress, you may have the right to medical coverage, as well as temporary or permanent disability payments. Your employer should also work with you to help you get back on the job, if possible.

What are the symptoms of OCD?

While people often joke about being obsessive and compulsive, for people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder, the condition is no laughing matter. OCD is a devastating condition that can take over your whole life, making it almost impossible to get through each day. According to WebMD, OCD involves two distinct symptoms or phases: obsession and compulsion.

If you have OCD, you cannot control what you do. Instead, the obsessions and compulsions control you. They affect your daily life in profound ways. The symptoms usually develop over time. You may notice something as a silly little thing you do, but gradually, it begins to take over and develops into either an obsession or a compulsion.

Qualify for Social Security Disability benefits

Given the frequency of the rhetoric thrown around about how Social Security funds are being drained, many in Los Angeles may believe to currently be easy to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The fact that the Social Security Administration itself confirms that 10.1 million people received such benefits in 2017 alone seems to support this assumption. Yet in reality, the SSA has established very strict requirements for SSD qualification in order to prevent abuse. 

Most may think that a simple diagnosis of a debilitating condition from a doctor may be enough to justify federal benefits, yet even confirmation that one has a disabling condition right now does not necessarily mean that it's effects will not abate and allow whoever is suffering from them to be able to return to work in the future. If one's disability is not projected to be long-term, there may be other benefit programs that they can turn to for a few months of financial assistance. 

Carpal tunnel syndrome impacts many office workers

People who work in offices might think that they are much safer than people who have other professions. While they may not have to deal with the same risks, there are some specific dangers that do need to be considered.

One potential injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, which is commonly associated with people who work primarily on computers. This condition doesn't usually come on all at once. It is a cumulative trauma injury, so it starts off as a minor bother and progressively gets worse.

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