1. Risk Factors for Hip Fractures

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    “Oh, I know I’m not a youngster anymore,” but Mary Boyes acts like one - with a workout routine sure to fatigue someone half her age. “I do 3 miles, 4 times a week, on the elliptical with some resistance and stuff and then I do weight training and then I work with a trainer once a week,” says Boyes. Experts are looking for ways to lower the risk of hip fractures. “If you’re younger, patients are going to recover, they’re going to get back to the things they like to do. As we get older and you have a hip fracture a lot of the studies show that you decline,” says orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Eichten. He is on medical staff at Lee Memorial Health System. Of the 300,000 older Americans who break a hip each year, 20-30% will die within 12 months. To some degree, the odds are stacked against women, because of age and hormones - especially after menopause. “We see a lot of hip fractures and most of them or 70 to 80% are in women. And I think that has to do with being post-menopausal,” says Dr. Eichten. It’s a breaking point for many older women; osteoporosis creating brittle bones. “Osteoporosis can be treated, there’s very good medication and can prevent fractures from occurring,” says Dr. Eichten. Age, sex and activity level are big factors- so are weight, balance, smoking and diabetes. Some are beyond control-others can be worked out. “It has to do with balance, strength. Are you on a exercising daily or walking daily? All that’s going to help to prevent falls.” Fitting advice that Mary is following. “I’m not trying to prove anything, I just want to stay healthy.” View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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          • Signs your Balance May Be Failing You

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            Before someone is even aware they have a balance problem, their behavior is very often speaking to them. It starts as a whisper. “Typically what will happen is a person may develop some fear of falling and instead of looking into the problem or trying to push themselves a little bit to find out how they could get better they start limiting their activities,” says Nathalie Grondin, a physical therapist with Lee Memorial Health System. Before you know it, they start pulling back from things they love. “‘Oh my gosh I don’t do any yard work anymore because I have to deal with the grass’,” says Grondin. Balance issues are more pronounced when someone changes surfaces. For example going from sidewalk to grass or stepping off a curb. Diminishing strength is a key contributor. It leaves hints that tell us our balance is failing. “As we get older in the 60s and 70s many people lose strength to the point where they can’t stand up without struggling, they can’t get up off the floor and things like that,” says Grondin. Avoiding a fall is extremely important to the elderly. “If you fall down and you break a hip the chances of ending up in a nursing home are about 50%,” says Dr. Sal Lacagnina, Vice President of Health and Wellness for Lee Memorial Health System. Suffering a fall can begin a downward slide. Falls are the number one cause of injury death in people over 65. “Those people have much more complications, serious complications or prolonged hospitalizations and even death as a result of a hip fracture. So falls are really a significant problem in the population in general,” says Dr. Lacagnina. Lee Memorial Health System offers free, monthly balance screenings, meant to help people side step a life changing fall. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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