Preventative Wellness: A 2014 Summit Orthopedics Priority

Summit Orthopedic’s preventative wellness screening program supports good health by focusing on diet, blood pressure, and smoking.

Good health benefits all of our aspirations. Physical fitness, well-balanced nutrition, good habits and sufficient rest make us feel better, but they also contribute to improved professional performance, a richer personal lifestyle, and increased longevity.

Here at Summit, we are supporting the health of our patients with a concerted new focus on preventative care. We may be a subspecialty practice in bone and joint health, but our commitment to our patients extends to promoting general good health overall.

Our new preventative wellness screening program is focused on three areas:

Weight and diet

It is no secret that obesity is a national health issue, and one that directly affects bone and joint health. The Body Mass Index (BMI), calculated from weight and height, estimates body fat and assists us in assessing patient risk for joint strain or injury, as well as risk for diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breathing and sleep issues, and some cancers.

Blood pressure

Although there’s not a direct link between blood pressure and bone and joint health, blood pressure screening identifies patients with hypertension and associated risks for heart disease and stroke.

Smoking risks

The link between smoking and lung cancer has been widely publicized, but smoking risks don’t stop there. This habit is also increases risk of heart disease, stroke, chronic lung diseases, and a variety of cancers. Because smoking reduces blood flow to the skin, it also impairs healing and recovery following surgical procedures.

Summit Orthopedics has partnered with Allina Health in a joint preventative mandate to address these health issues. Patients who have visited us recently know that our consultations now include a weight check to ensure a healthy BMI, a blood pressure test, and collecting information about smoking habits. Monitoring these health markers with our patients helps us address patient risk areas before they develop into health problems.

Together, we are dedicated not only to providing you with the best subspecialty care for bones and joints, but also to supporting your general good health with preventative screening. We want you to enjoy 2014, and the years to follow, in the best of health.

Summit + The Power House helps you meet your fitness goals

Summit Orthopedics partners with performance experts from The Power House to bring comprehensive, highly-tailored fitness services to you. Whether you are a first-timer in the gym or a competitive athlete, our coaches and trainers have all the tools, resources, and expertise to create programs that fit your needs and help you achieve your performance goals. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be a patient of Summit to take advantage of these offerings.

Start your journey towards your health and fitness goals today. Schedule a free consultation at the HealthEast Sports Center location online, or call (651) 968-5766. Find the group fitness class that works with your schedule. Visit The Power House Facebook page to learn all about the events we offer to safely promote good health throughout your life.

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  • Jennifer Nelson, PT, MS

    I truly believe in the saying ‘knowledge is power.’ I strive to empower my patients to take an active role in the rehabilitation process by educating them on their diagnosis, their bodies, and the purpose of the treatment.

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