Healthy Foundation Starts with Bone Health
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

by Liz Bonis & Merby Curtis, WKRCTuesday, April 27th 2021

There’s yet another dangerous trend is popping up as a result of this long pandemic year where many of our activities were canceled.

The team at OrthoCincy Wellington said a number if things have contributed to this trend. Local 12 stopped out in Eastgate to share what has many coming in need of injury repair and to find out what we can do to turn this trend around.

What many don’t realize when it comes to our bones, according to Dr. Amelia Wiggins, is that more sit time and less fit time messes with bone balance.

“Weight-bearing activities help to build bone,” said Dr. Wiggins, an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoCincy Wellington.

While many of us got in some aerobic activity in this pandemic by walking around, bones respond best to weight training and body-resistance exercise.

“During the pandemic, gyms were shut down,” said Dr. Wiggins. “I myself used to go to the gym and lift weights twice a week. I haven’t done that in over a year now. I’ve supplemented with other exercises, but I haven’t done my strength training, and that’s really what helps build our bones and whatnot.”

In addition to that, Dr. Nicholas Early said the muscles support the bones, so as sports and other activities resume:

“We’ve actually seen -- its kind of interesting -- two different phenomena," said Dr. Early, an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoCincy Wellington. "One is people that were not active, not at the gym and they’re trying to be active once again. On the other side, people had more time and got into more than they did previously. They’re starting to have some aches and pains or injuries that they didn’t previously. They’re starting to have different aches and pains and injuries because of the increase in their activity level.”

If you would like to book an appointment with Dr. Early, Dr. Wiggins or other sports specialists, visit OrthoCincy's website.