How’s Your Posture? Postural Awareness: Chicken and Egg Situation
By: Sanjay Sarkar, Jane Pederson, Meghan Coleman
Poor posture is one of the several etiologic factors linked to shoulder pain. Sitting posture has been documented as a risk factor in the development of upper quarter musculoskeletal pain in adolescents and children. In fact, thoracic kyphosis (hunched back phenomenon) has been postulated as a cause for shoulder pain in older adults. The cost for treatment of shoulder disorders in the U.S. in the year 2000 was estimated at $7 billion. With such huge costs to the society, the mechanisms involved in the development of poor posture deserves much attention.
- Discuss importance of postural awareness
- Understand and identify optimum posture
- Recognize and avoid poor posture
- Develop and recommend postural care
From Left to Right: Sanjay Sarkar, Jane Pederson, and Meghan Coleman
Sanjay Sarkar, MPT, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Doctoral of Physical Therapy program, Concordia University. Dr. Sarkar’s research interests are the effects of aging, injury, disease, and therapeutic interventions on the structure and function of the shoulder.
Jane Pederson, MD, Chief Medical Quality Officer for Stratis Health. She provides leadership and clinical guidance to Stratis Health’s initiatives across healthcare settings. Dr. Pederson is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.
Meghan Coleman, DC, Assistant Professor at Metropolitan State University, is a healthcare professional, educator, and advocate for older adult quality of life. Dr. Coleman is a governor’s appointee on the Minnesota Board on Aging.
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