Dr. Lund’s Tip: Summit Wellness Services Can Prevent Fractures
Summit wellness services help you avoid falls and fractures all year long.
Minnesota winters are beautiful, but they can also be treacherous. Falls are a common injury that can change lives—especially for older Minnesotans. That’s why we talked with orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Erik Lund; he specializes in fixing fracture injuries, including those suffered during winter spills. He explains how Summit wellness services can help you avoid falls and the injuries they cause.
Avoiding fractures starts with preventing falls
“Minnesotans know that slippery conditions go hand in hand with our long winters,” admits Dr. Lund. “Unfortunately, falls and fractures go hand in hand, too.” A broken bone may sound like a straightforward injury. But fractures can occur in complex ways, and Dr. Lund has treated them all in his fracture fellowship.
“No one wants a broken bone,” he says. “A fracture around a hip or knee replacement can be particularly challenging, and that’s where specialty care can make a big difference. I use techniques to properly align the bones for less pain and more reliable healing. That said, I think everyone’s first choice is to avoid a fracture entirely. And the best way to do that is to stay active and exercise.”
Exercise improves balance and strengthens bones
“When your muscles are toned and your core is strong, you’ll be less prone to falls,” he explains. “In addition to improving balance, regular exercise also makes your bones stronger. Bone is constantly remodeling itself. If it sees stress for years, it won’t become osteoporotic. As a result, your bones are less likely to break. Even if they do, they’ll be easier to fix. That’s why if I had to emphasize one preventative measure, I would say stay active.”
Unfortunately, our inclination to exercise wanes just as we need activity most. “At 30 or 35 years of age, you’re at peak bone mass,” explains Dr. Lund. “After that, we begin to lose bone mass. In addition, hormones decrease in both men and women as we age, making bones weaker. The good news is that we can counteract the decline of bone strength and muscle mass with training and activity. And a preventative exercise program is exactly what Summit wellness services are designed to provide.”
Hurdles to regular exercise increase with age
Sustaining regular exercise in the face of life’s demands is difficult. Adding to the hurdle of available time, some research suggests that men and women over the age of 60 have to do more exercise than young adults in order to maintain muscle mass. And for some older adults, injuries and stiff joints can make activity uncomfortable and prompt concerns about safety.
We all know we should exercise. But how many of us have the discipline to maintain a regular exercise program without support? Even when we do have an exercise regime, are we choosing the best exercises for bone health?
Summit wellness services help support bone health through exercise
Summit’s wellness services can boost fracture prevention by getting you past the hurdles and committed to regular exercise. For less than the cost of a gym membership, you can set up a personalized one-on-one training schedule with a performance specialist. You’ll benefit from an exercise program designed to safely meet your individual fitness goals, whether you are 16 or 60. And committing to a weekly training schedule means you’re less likely to skip sessions or let your exercise lapse.
Just as important, our wellness services specialists have the focused training to design a program to support your bone strength. They work side by side with physical therapists, sometimes collaborating with physical therapists to support an individual patient’s fitness goals. And the Summit performance specialists ensure that your exercise program is safe as well as beneficial.
“When an accident happens and you need fracture care, we’ll be here for you,” says Dr. Lund. “But we’re also here to help prevent fractures from happening at all. Fracture prevention begins with bone and muscle strength, and that’s what our wellness services are all about. Our performance specialists can develop a strengthening and balance regime that will benefit your overall health as well as your bones. With any luck, if you start using wellness services now, you may never need a consultation with me.”
Summit Orthopedics offers proactive wellness services
At Summit Orthopedics, we are committed to providing the resources, tools, and expertise you need to achieve your personal fitness goals. Our Summit wellness center is home to proactive wellness classes and training services for you and the whole family. Wellness experts can work with you or your physician to design an exercise program that supports lifelong health through exercise.
Start your journey to a more active self through our wellness services offered at the HealthEast Sports Center. Schedule a free wellness consultation online or call 651-968-5766. Find the group fitness class that works with your schedule. Visit our Facebook page to learn all about the wellness events we offer to safely promote good health throughout your life.
More resources for you
- Read about how Summit’s medical expertise is designed to support your health goals
- Learn more about when to see an orthopedic trauma surgeon
- Watch the video: Introducing Dr. Erik Lund
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