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June 26, 2019 Page 3C By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Monroe County ranks 67th out of 159 counties in Georgia in terms of health. The ranking is based equally on length and quality of life. Monroe County's ranking has dropped from 65 last year and 51 in 2017. Georgia's North Central Health District released its 2019 Health Ranking Summary last week, ranking counties on how healthy they are now and how healthy they are expected to be in the future. The 12 counties in the North Central District, other than Monroe County, are Baldwin, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon-Bibb, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson. In the ranking for how healthy it is expected to be in the future, Monroe County scored 35. This is based on weighted scores for health behaviors, clinical Care, social and economic fac- tors and physical environment. The 2019 rank was a slight dip from 33 last year and 30 in 2017. In the North Central District the top ranked county in current health is Jones County, ranked 13; it is fol- lowed by Houston at 22. The low- est ranked county in the district is Twiggs at 158, preceded by Hancock at 153. Jones County is also at the top of the district for future health with a rank- hag of 25; Hancock ranks the lowest The term is used often, but what does it actu- ally mean to "throw out your back, :According to Coliseum;Northside Hospit spine surgeon, Dr. Ryan Schnetzer, it means an acute onset of low back pain, in the lumbar region of the spine, just below the ribs and above the pelvis. Fortunately, "throwing your back out" is usually a temporary situation, and there areways to speed recovery and help prevent it from happening gain. Dr. Schnetzer says, "Inci- dents involving acute back pain can happen to anyone, but become increasingly common with age. While people with physically demanding jobs are more prone, office workers who sit for long periods of time with inadequate back sup- port can be affected, too." Those who don't get much activity have higher odds of lower back issues, as do "weekend warriors." These are people who are normally sedentary throughout the week, and then on the weekends, they do things like play golf for a few hours, work strenu- ously in the yard, or play softball, soccer, etc In this case, the pain is triggered by a brief bout of intense exercise following a longer period of little movement. Most often, when some- one throws their back out, it's thought to be due to a muscle strain, caused by lifting a heavy item or bending the wrong way. The muscle can tighten up or go into spasm, and the spasm is what causes the pain. The pain can vary, but it will likely remain local- ized around your lumbar spine - the five vertebrae positioned right above your buttocks. Very occasion- ally, acute lower back pain is triggered by something more serious, such as an infection or a broken vertebra. In the first 72 hours fol- lowing the event, apply ice to ease the pain. Heating pads may come in handy after the third day. Certain over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen may help relieve the pain as well. Just make sure you speak to a doctor about which medications to take first. Schnetzer says, "In the i $ Zei i@I f24 ~I~ 44~ ~! 75 8~i ir ~ ~i~I~ ~I~ ! ~ ~I~ ~I~ ~"! ~. $1~ ~ + ~" ~ ~ a~ i . "r~I~.] ~ ~i 8~I~ 1,; ~Ia Front: Sam Bussell, Dr. Deena Smith & Melissa To/bert Back: Denise Harpe & Barbie McCollum Health outcomes are how how healthy a county will healthy a county is presently. Health factors predict be in the future. at 152 with Twiggs at 146. North Central District Director of Epidemi- elegy Amber Erickson said that Jones County is part of a national study to see what counties are doing right. "It has a very engaged city7 she said. Information in the report says that the population of Monroe County in 2019 is 27,1i3. Of those people, 80 percent live in rural areas, 50 percent are female, 73 percent are white and 23 percent are black. Monroe Coun- ty's population is less than I percent of Georgia's population. In Monroe County, 62 percent of the people are 18-64 years old; 20 percent are under Monroe County's strengths in hav- ing healthy citizens include access to healthy foods, a low number of cases of sexually transmitted infections, a low number of births to teen moth- ers and a relatively high percentage of citizens with some college. Areas in Monroe County that pose health concerns are adult smoking (18 percent), adult obesity (31 per- cent), a graduation rate of 87 percent, and 14 percent of the population under age 65 without health insur- ance coverage. Monroe County ranks better or near the same as the Georgia average in these areas. incl ing bL .: not ,24-Hour Nursing Services IV Tllerapy , Wound Care Management:, Short-Ter Ret ab ,ysical; Occupational and $1 eech Ti er ii y ,HOspice Services, Pha:tm icy Sei,vi 18; and 18 percent are over 65. days after you throw your back out, resting may fed good, but staying mod- erately active is proven to help with recovery by stimulating blood flow, increasing flexibility and preventing spasms." He adds, "While you're recov- ering, skip high-impact activities and steer clear of BLT - 'bending, lifting and twisting." Usually, the pain caused by throwing your back out goes away on its own, but if home care isn't working, you need to seek help from a medical professional. When it comes to keeping your lower back healthy, proper body mechanics are the name of the game. 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