The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) defines Bell’s palsy as “a form of temporary facial paralysis resulting from damage or trauma to the facial nerves.” It afflicts roughly 40,000 Americans annually, with most of the individuals affected being between 15 and 60 years of age. Named after Sir Charles Bell, the first surgeon to describe this condition in great detail, Bell’s palsy generally involves paralysis on just one side of the face, but it sometimes occurs on both. This means that it affects a person’s most basic facial functions.
Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases the latest statistics on workplace injury. Among the most recent numbers provided are that 1.15 million Americans are hurt on the job annually. Of these, 31 percent sustained some type of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), a majority of which were caused by overexertion. Furthermore, the BLS reports that the leading MSDs revolved around soft tissue issues such as “sprains, strains, or tears,” resulting in more than 421,000 days of missed work.
There’s absolutely no question that we love our high tech gadgets. In fact, in the time it would take you to finish reading this article, you have almost certainly gotten or sent more than one text or email. Over the course of a single day, more than 4 billion people around the world will send almost 19 billion text messages. Americans are responsible for approximately half of those texts. Furthermore, Americans text on a weekly basis and are twice as likely to communicate by text message as by talking on the phone.
Panic disorder is one of the more common types of anxiety disorders, affecting an estimated 6 million American adults, usually in early adulthood (often between the ages of 20 and 24).It is twice as common in women than in men, with anywhere from 2 percent to 3 percent of adults reporting having had a panic attack within the previous year. Many people think that anxiety only manifests as mental difficulties, such as thoughts of low self-esteem or worry. In fact, anxiety disorders can often also manifest as dizziness, sweating, feeling faint or lightheaded, rapidly elevated pulse, shortness of breath, and chronic chest pain.
Harvard Health Publications reports that seven in ten people will struggle with some type of neck pain during the course of their lives, with one out of ten individuals actively in pain at any given time. This issue alone costs Americans and their insurance companies $90 billion annually according to an article in Physician’s Weekly. These numbers highlight that this particular health issue is a major problem for a large majority of the population, both physically and financially. It also makes the findings of a pilot study hopeful for the many individuals intent on finding some much needed relief.