Any woman over the age of 40 who falls from the height of her own body–in other words, doesn’t get bucked from a horse or fall off a ladder–and suffers a wrist, shoulder or hip fracture, has a fragility fracture until proven otherwise. With the exception of spinal compression fractures, the only way to sustain fragility fractures is to fall down. This is a follow-up to my osteoporosis blog, and the best way to prevent fragility fractures (broken bones due to the presence of osteoporosis) is not to fall in the first place. Continue Reading
Do you know these six, important, common misconceptions about osteoporosis? Continue Reading
We’ve been brainwashed into working through pain. It’s noble. Remember the coaching adage, “No pain, no gain?” I’m the first to say there are some instances when you have to work through pain, like when you need to run from the saber-toothed tiger even though you sprained your ankle. Run or be dinner.
But we don’t live in that world. We live in a world of self-inflicted activities which sometime result in pain and injury.
Boot Camp and other similar exercise programs are keeping my lights on. Of course there are things which are totally out of our control, like tornados and earthquakes. Natural disasters wreak havoc on delicate humans. And sadly, there are those of us who suffer from diseases and genetic disorders like arthritis. Continue Reading
My parents helped me so much with my kids when they were little. Loving, experienced… and free caregivers. It don’t get much better than that. Fortunately my folks lived close, so often my kids went to their place.
But many grandparents live far away, or take care of grandkids at their children’s home. Even when coming for a social visit, they often end up babysitting, and trust me. They love it. Continue Reading
And you thought I just do surgery on knees and shoulders!
But I’m not here to advise you on color, wall paper or tile. I am here to suggest a house in which you can stay come hell or high water… or when you get old.
Many of you will come to know me as Dr. No. Often I find myself making recommendations NOT to do certain activities over doing them. It’s safer and less complicated. For example, “Don’t ride a motorcycle.” Pretty much everyone knows it’s unsafe to ride a motorcycle, even if you enjoy riding one.
But wouldn’t it be equally easy for me to say, “It’s okay to ride a motorcycle… on a flat, dry, straight road with a helmet on?” Of course not, because you can still get maimed doing just what the doctor recommended.
That’s right! It’s pretty much what I tell most of my patients. “What makes your orthopedic surgeon money, is probably something you shouldn’t be doing.” Go ahead. Try to name an orthopedic condition–other than inheritable diseases or bad luck–that isn’t related to something we do to ourselves. Something preventable.
Sports medicine injuries… Completely preventable. Don’t participate in sports, and you probably won’t tear your ACL. I know there are a few exceptions. Bear with me here… Continue Reading
As a result of backyard football games, this week I saw four “jammed fingers” in my office. Note: It’s been two weeks since Thanksgiving… since these happened. Now I’m not saying to make an appointment every time you jam your finger. But honestly, consider it, especially if there’s a lot of pain or swelling, and absolutely if your finger looks funny. I’m here to tell you, it won’t straighten out on its own. Two of my patients will have permanent deformity and stiffness, simply because they waited too long. Continue Reading
Some of you may have already noticed I often refer to our ancient ancestors when analyzing reasons for, and the treatment of, our aches and pains. Although there is fossilized evidence that early homo sapiens cared for the old and infirm, it’s well-known the average length of a prehistoric human’s life was only 20-30 years.
When asked by my patients why they’re physically suffering at the age of 50 or 60, I often remind them to give thanks to the many factors which have allowed them to live this long life, including their body’s ability to heal itself. Continue Reading