• Spine Fracture Awareness

    Bone health rarely becomes a topic of conversation, even when someone breaks a bone.

    Typically, fracture patients blame their clumsiness or carelessness, but rarely question whether their bones should have been strong enough to withstand the break in the first place.

    Fractures may seem incidental, but in fact, fractures can be a painful warning that your entire skeletal structure is deteriorating.  Bone loss increases after age 45 and continues as we age.

  • Lower risk for heart disease? Better cognitive health? Yes please!

    Thanks to Jackie Osborne, physical therapist from Jacksonville, FL and Peer Educator Extraordinaire, we have a wonderful exercise tip for heart month.

    Adults who are physically active have a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, dementia, colon cancer and breast cancer (1) than those who are sedentary. Additionally, physically active people have higher functional abilities, a lower risk of falling, and better cognitive health (1).

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or engage in at least 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week (2) to reap the benefits of physical activity.  But even if you are ready to commit to such recommendations it can be a challenge to truly understand…

  • iHunch

    The iHunch or text-neck, call it what you will, it is still plain old bad posture and can literally be a pain in the neck. The reason for including this topic is that the “condition” appears to be getting worse and it is not isolated to the under 30 crowd. I know this may not seem like the latest news; however considering the numerous Pinterest boards, I can’t be far off base. More people than ever are texting and reading on their cell phones.

    We know that good posture is necessary for avoiding undue stress on the spine — actually all muscles and joints — and to aid in better breathing and digestion. We should all take a moment every day to check our posture and to remind those around us why good posture is so important. If we all practice the healthy habits of bone health each week, they will become an automatic, natural part of our lives.
  • Why Get Your Vitamin D Every Day?

    The importance of getting enough calcium for strong bones has always been reinforced in my life.  I have never really had a hard time drinking enough milk because I love it.  Later in my life I learned that drinking milk may not be enough, that the recommendation 1,000-1,300mg per day might not benefiting my bones if I was not ALSO getting the recommended amount of vitamin D to help the calcium do it’s job. WHAT?! 

    Fast forward to today when I have fallen in love (yes LOVE!) with exercise and nutrition, and how the body uses both to orchestrate the operation of multiple systems every minute of every day.  I decided to go back to school a few years ago and finish my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, surrounding myself with new information all the time.

    I was reading through a newsletter published by the

  • The podiatrist weighs in on the situation

    Lesson #6: This fracture business is not only painful, but really inconvenient.

    I was very excited for my first visit to the podiatrist two days after my fracture. I cleaned up, put on some makeup and hobbled to the garage. Looking down the stairs for the first time I had the same feeling when I mistakenly found myself at the top of a black diamond run. I was terrified. Steve waited at the car while I tried to figure out the way down. It seemed like eternity, mustering up the courage for each step.

    Safely in the car, I looked forward to being cleared for a walking boot so I could get rid of these crutches and get back to some semblance of normalcy.

  • Home Essentials for People with Broken Bones

    Lesson #5: Before you leave the room, check around you. It might save a trip.

    I have found some essentials to be important as I recover from my broken left foot. It’s so hard to get around, that whatever you can do to be organized can make you feel a bit more in control of your life and make things a tad bit easier. Please add your favorite things!

    • Fearless to Fearful in One Broken Bone

      Lesson #3: You can take more pain relievers than it says on the bottle, and you may need it.

      “You can take as many as eight Advil a day for pain”, I remember him saying as I swallowed my first two on the way home from the ER. Fumbling with my new “assistive devices” (aka crutches), my wallet, reading glasses, water bottle and my left slipper, I tried to get out of the car without whacking my foot on the door. Steve came around and relieved me of all but the crutches.

      It was only fifteen feet to the garage stairs and then six stairs to the back door. As soon as I got to the stairs I halted. How do people do this? Bad foot first? Good foot first? Crutches first? The only instructions I recalled were “take small steps.” I mustarded the guts to hoist myself to that first step, but fear overcame me. I stopped and let Steve pass. Again I looked up and decided it was…

    • Was it broken or just a bad sprain?

      Lesson #2: If you must have an emergency, choose Saturday afternoon.

      The hospital is less than one year old with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a 4-Star hotel – clean, colorfully appointed, generous seating areas, Peets coffee, and even (note to self} valet parking. Steve pulled into the emergency department lot that had mostly spaces reserved for labor and delivery patients. All full.  We double-parked and Steve went for a wheel chair. Security met us through the double doors. “Any knives?” Fortunately I wasn’t feeling snarky, and no, I didn’t have any knives – only a melting baggie of ice.

      The lobby was thankfully all but empty, with only one patient ahead of me. Sharon called us to triage and fitted me with an ID bracelet. 4:10 PM. Blood pressure 140/85, pulse 68. She asked what happened. “I fell off of a ladder while I was pruning a tree”. She didn’t seem surprised and proceeded with what she called a mandatory question. “Are…