Advice for Boomers
Stay Safe as You Get into Shape
With the weather warming up, more people will be hitting the pavement to exercise and shed those unwanted winter pounds. But with exercise comes the risk of injury, especially for baby boomers, the first generation to embrace recreational fitness in large numbers. Today, those weekend warriors are looking for relief from the accumulated stress and strain of their high-impact decades. “They were the running generation from back in the 70s and 80s and they may be paying the price for that at a younger age,” says Richard D’Agostino, M.D., Director of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, one of the top-rated programs in the region. “We’re seeing more and more people in their late 50s and 60s who require orthopedic care.”
So how can you keep in shape but avoid injury to your precious joints? Here are three tips from Dr. D’Agostino:
Always warm up before any exercise. This includes stretching and light exercise such as jumping up and down or walking in place.
Listen to your body when it comes to exercising. Always start off in moderation and back off if your body tells you it has had enough.
Call Your Doctor
When in doubt, see your physician for any medical issues.
St. Francis Department of Orthopedic Surgery Expands
As part of a planned expansion of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, five members of the Insall Scott Kelly Institute (ISK) for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine have joined St. Francis Hospital. They are:
- Timothy G. Reish, M.D.
- Michael N. Kang, M.D.
- Craig S. Radnay, M.D.
- William J. Long, M.D.
- Michael P. Nett, M.D.
In other news, Bruce A. Seideman, M.D., has been appointed Chief of Joint Replacement Surgery at St. Francis. To contact any of these surgeons call 1-888-432-7869.