Secrets to keeping fit with a bad back

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Kim Gladfelter, right, instructs clients as they perform back-strengthening exercises in her Fremont Avenue studio. Pilates can help people with back pain function better in their daily lives.

This question came to me at the clinic, and I wanted to share it with you:

“Kim, I’m desperate to get back into shape after suffering with a bad back for a long time. Can you continue to stay fit and active when long-standing back pain still gets in the way? Physical therapy is a great help, but I want to do more by myself while I’m receiving treatment. I’m just scared, a bit nervous and don’t know what type of exercise is safe.” – Melissa, 49

El Camino Hospital reaches agreement with nurses

After a summer in which nurses conducted informational picketing and rejected a tentative agreement, El Camino Hospital agreed to a new three-year contract with Professional Resources for Nurses (PRN), the union representing registered nurses at the Mountain View hospital and its Los Gatos campus.

“This contract is the result of collaborative, good-faith bargaining between the parties,” said Cheryl Reinking, chief nursing officer at El Camino Hospital. “We appreciate our dedicated nurses and recognize the critical role they play in providing high-quality care.”

Resident turns trip of a lifetime into slow, steady movement

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Dinesh Desai, top center in red, conducts a morning walking group.

Way back in 1986, Los Altos resident Dinesh Desai was preparing for a trip to Kenya. He was planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa.

“I was 15 pounds heavier than I am now,” the 77-year-old remembered. “I wanted to get in shape.”

El Camino Hospital expands mental health treatment options

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Shovels in hand, Dr. Peter Fung, from left, El Camino Healthcare District board chairman; Russ Satake, El Camino Hospital Foundation board chairman; donors Donna and John Shoemaker; State Sen. Jerry Hill; and Assemblyman Rich Gordon ceremonially break ground on the hospital’s new behavioral health building at the Mountain View campus.

El Camino Hospital broke ground on a new mental health inpatient center aimed at making the Mountain View hospital a center of behavioral health in the Bay Area.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian was among the speakers at the Nov. 3 groundbreaking ceremony.

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Are opioids considered unsafe when prescribed for chronic pain?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even when patients take prescribed opioid pain medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, Vicodin and methadone exactly as their physician recommends, there is still a risk of potentially fatal respiratory depression.

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