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.
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.
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.
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Jennifer Nelson, PT, MS
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