Published: May 18, 2006
Updated: Mar. 21, 2011
As the first wave of baby boomers reached age 60 in 2006, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons launched a campaign to promote awareness of “boomeritis,” which may include a host of musculoskeletal problems such as tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and sports-related injuries.
While these conditions are by no means specific to boomers, the group is thought to be especially vulnerable because so many have remained physically active as they’ve aged.
Playing it safe, staying in condition year round, and properly treating injuries when they do occur are keys to staying in the game for the long haul, according to Duke orthopaedic surgeons David Attarian, MD, FACS, and Samuel David Stanley, MD.
Here are their recommendations:
When “Boomeritis” Needs Surgical Evaluation
Planting a few azalea shrubs or hitting some tennis balls may seem innocuous enough, but for the aging weekend warrior, repetitive stress or new trauma can be more than just bothersome. While the vast majority of injuries represent strains of large muscle groups and will heal with time, some require urgent attention to avoid long-term functional impairment.
According to David S. Ruch, MD, director of orthopaedic hand surgery at Duke, there are some signs that warrant surgical evaluation:
Attarian and Stanley expanded Duke orthopaedics into the Durham community with clinics at North Duke Street and Southpoint. Both locations offer free parking, and additional services such as x-ray and physical therapy are available within the same building.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853).