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Blue Hills Sports & Spine's Monthly Newsletter
February 2016                                                                                           Issue # 60
Be Safe This Winter

According to the CDC Each year, millions of older people(those 65 and older) fall. In fact, one out of three older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.
  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
  • Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
  • Each year at least 250,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
Now that winter weather has arrived and we are experiencing snowy and icy conditions, play it safe when stepping outside to avoid painful and dangerous falls.Click here for some tips on how to avoid falls this winter..share it with others as well. For information about balance safety and fall prevention, click on the image above.  Be safe out there!

It's All About The Tracking

It wasn't that long ago that when people kept a "fitness log" or "exercise log" it meant bringing a notebook to the gym, or maybe you even kept a word or excel file with your daily workouts. Maybe you had the old "gym card" that you kept in a file cabinet at the healthclub. It was a good way to measure progress and keep you focused on your goals. If you look around the gym (or the office) today, you see people with phone apps or little wrist bands or chips in their shoes that upload all their information so they can track EVERYTHING. If you haven't joined the revolution yet, but have been thinking about it and you really aren't sure where to start, there is a great web page that can help you make a decision. With a few mouse clicks it will help you choose the best device for you based on what type of exercise you do, how you might like to wear it, or if you have a specific brand in mind. Tracking exercise can be an important thing...and getting the right device will make it even easier. To give it a try, click the image above.
Got Achilles Tendon Pain?

The Achilles tendon is one of the longer tendons in your body, stretching from the bones of your heel to your calf muscles. It's the springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel. It allows you to extend your foot and point your toes to the floor. Unfortunately, it's a commonly injured tendon. Many Achilles tendon injuries are caused by tendinitis, in which the tendon becomes swollen and painful. In a severe Achilles tendon injury, too much force on the tendon can cause it to tear partially or rupture completely. 
At Blue Hills Sports & Spine we regularly treat all types of Achilles Tendon pain and addressing it early is very important in getting the fastest recovery. To learn more about your Achilles Tendon and injuries that can occur, click on the image above. If you have been experiencing symptoms, come see one of our experts as soon as possible!

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