by Connie Midey – Aug. 12, 2008 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
Baby Boomers feel the pain of staying active
The last thing Manuela Canada, 56, wanted to hear from her doctor was that knee problems would mean the end of tennis.
Fortunately, “don’t do it if it hurts” is last on the list of advice sports-medicine physician John Kearney would give to the Phoenix woman. Nor would he give it to Mike Riggs, 49, of Phoenix, whose pain threatened to keep him off the golf course.
“A lot of patients think they have to rest if something hurts,” said Kearney, of the CORE Institute (Center for Orthopedic Research and Education) in Sun City. “But often it’s just the opposite, even with knee arthritis. The more you exercise – in the right way – the better your symptoms become. That’s very counterintuitive to most people.” More…