Baby boomers and "Boomeritis": How to avoid exercising injuries
(CBS News) Doctors are seeing an explosion of baby boomers coming in with injuries from exercise. The influx has been dubbed "boomeritis."
It's a result of the mentality boomers have about exercise, Dr. Riley Williams, an orthopedic surgeon who practices sports medicine at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery, explained on "CBS This Morning."
"You have to understand that this generation of individuals 45 and up have been bred on the idea that exercise is going to not only lengthen your life, but increase your quality of life and thus they've been exercising their whole lives," he said. "As you get older, joints, ligaments, and tendons, they change, as we all know, and you're going to have some injuries from time to time if you exercise vigorously."
Williams said he doesn't consider "boomeritis" to a big problem because it is associated with exercise. He said, "I always stress in my office that I'd rather have a problem with my limbs as opposed to problems with my core, diabetes, heart disease and things, so as we know, vigorous exercise is a helpful approach. However, we start to have a certain type of commitment to our exercise and we ignore these normal signs that may warn us if something is coming about."
To avoid injury longer, Williams suggests a diverse set of exercising routines. He explained, "Take running, for example. I see a lot of five-day-week runners. It's almost virtually impossible after a certain age to continue with that frequency, so I encourage people to do other things, biking, intense gym training, things that give you that high that we heard about that's associated with running exclusively."
For more with Williams, including discussion about the increased use of joint replacement, watch the video in the player above.
- Don't take vitamins, doctor warns in new book
- Watch: Careless baggage handler tosses boxes on conveyor belt
- Doctor: Modern wheat a "perfect, chronic poison"
- Jimmy Hoffa grave found?
- Photos: Underground shots of NYC's Second Ave. subway project
- Obama: I don't have a problem with NSA surveillance
- Evelyn Stevens: Wall Street cubicle-dweller turned pro cyclist
- Angelina Jolie "very grateful" for support after double mastectomy
- WikiLeaks' Assange opens up to Rolling Stone
- Colo. wildfire arson? How investigators will track down blaze origins
- Sharyl Attkisson on computer hacking: "I'm outraged"
- State Dept. memo reveals possibly extensive cover-ups
- "Hidden" mortgage fee paying for payroll tax cut
- Driverless boat circles after passengers tossed in wave
- Black bears battle on suburban front lawn
- Ranting airline passenger: "They want to silence me"