House Calls

SUM 2017

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2017 } 23 H uman beings are among only a handful of vertebrates who walk the Earth on two legs rather than four. According to anthropologists, standing upright—an evolutionary turn that took place two million years ago and marked the first crucial distinction between hominids and apes—paved the way for humans' increased cognitive abilities. With the upper appendages free, the top part of the spine could shrink, in turn allowing the brain to grow. The result? Greater intelligence, the invention of primitive tools, the creation of civilization, and the beginning of an epic battle with Earth's gravitational force. "Evolutionarily speaking, our spine was meant for an animal on all fours," explains Dr. George Khoury, a Roper St. Francis affiliated neurosurgeon who's been operating on the backbone and brain for more than 35 years. "When we stood up, problems with gravity kicked in." And while our backs can support a significant amount of weight, back injuries have also become the world's most significant cause of disability. In fact, a whopping 80 percent of adults suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives, reports the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and an estimated 31 million Americans are currently plagued by the pain. Treatment options for back injuries run the gamut from physical therapy to surgery. Lowcountry residents Cecil Dye and Nicole Green share how they have overcome debilitating back pain and returned to their favorite activities.

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