Active adult injuries

By Britney Glaser - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - While exercise and physical activity are encouraged for people of all ages, as our bodies change through the years, so can our ability to ward off injuries.

After 14 years of gymnastics and cheerleading, mixed with two decades of soccer, 27-year-old Lindsey White thrives on her active lifestyle.  "I have a desk job, so it really helps me de-stress and refocus," says Lindsey, "and it gives me a lot of energy throughout the day."

While she's at a peak fitness level, getting there has been a bit more work as each year passes.  "From my early 20s to my later 20s, I definitely noticed that you get a little more sore," says Lindsey, "it takes you longer to recover."

Four months ago, Lindsey was on the field during a co-ed soccer game when an injury grounded her.  Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Scott Hofer with Lake Charles Memorial Hospital says, "The MRI that we obtained did show that there was a small, non-displaced fracture to her tibia plateau."

Dr. Hofer treated the fracture by getting Lindsey on a non weight-bearing conditioning program. He says active adults can expect more aches and pains as they age.  "As we get older, we lose some of our flexibility," says Dr. Hofer, "we lose our lean muscle mass and our percentages of lean muscle mass to body fat change."

The solution is a mixed conditioning program of weight lifting, flexibility exercises and cardio.  Dr. Hofer says, "Doing some sort of cardiovascular conditioning is very important in terms of helping prevent cardiovascular disease."

Lindsey is back on her feet and definitely has this training program covered.  "I'm training for my second half-marathon," she says, "the first one I did six months after I had a baby.  The goal for that was just to finish, now I actually have a time goal and I would like to do a marathon down the road."

From crutches to competition, Lindsey's proof that following a doctor's orders and working hard will keep you moving. While it's a simple concept, orthopedists remind people that pain is a sign that something is wrong and that it should not be ignored. Talk to your physician if you're experiencing pain.

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