After 20 years as a physical therapist working with thousands of patients, I've identified a new set of conditions I've informally dubbed "sedentary syndrome."
I coined this term after I realized that, while doctors evaluate internal measures like blood work to determine overall health, they often overlook obvious physical changes when someone struggles with things like pain and extra weight.
I see these and other physical manifestations in patients who've been sedentary, overweight, and in pain for years and even decades. Fortunately they are reversible.
For me to "officially" diagnose one of my patients with Sedentary Syndrome, they need to exhibit a minimum of three out of five key signs: