Double knee replacement puts Littleton man back in the action after a 10-year hiatus.

Littleton, Colo. Jan. 31, 2014 – It’s never to late to revive a passion, and nobody knows that better than Littleton, Colo. resident Clink Brookhart. The 73-year-old had competed in triathlons for nearly 20 years before giving it up in 2002 at the age of 62. His bone-on-bone knee injuries made it too painful to compete and had cut a very fulfilling amateur career short – or so he thought.  

Two years ago, Advanced Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists’ Dr. John Papilion completed two total knee replacements for Mr. Brookhart. We implanted Stryker Triathlon System prosthesis in each knee, and today at age 73, Clint has competed in two triathlons – finishing first in his age group at both events.

As with any total joint replacement, it took hard work and dedication to get back to competition, but the small milestones along the way were impressive. Within three months, Brookhart was downhill skiing and he then began to build strength and endurance by swimming and biking. About 15 months after surgery, he started jogging again. In 2012, Clint decided to return to competition. “I missed the thrill of it and being around other very fit individuals,” Brookhart said. “After finishing a triathlon I feel proud to have competed with so many wonderful athletes.”

Clint’s most recent race was in September 2013 in Malibu, CA, where he placed first in the 70-74 age group with a time of 1:14:33.

We congratulate Clint for his determination, strength and success. What an inspiration to athletes everywhere and a great reminder to get out there and Be Active!

Being Prepared For Change

Even if you didn’t change jobs or health care insurers since last year, you should be prepared for changes in your healthcare plan now that it’s 2014. Are you ready? Keep these three tips in mind to minimize unpleasant surprises the next time you go to the doctor:
1.    Expect to get “carded”: Many plans reissue insurance cards annually for each covered member and you should definitely have a new card if you changed plans or have insurance for the first time. Make sure you bring your (or your family member’s) new card to your appointment! Your provider will want a copy as proof of insurance, and not having it could delay processing of your claim.
2.    Brush up on your (insurance) vocabulary: Become familiar with key definitions that impact your plan. Phrases like “co-insurance” “amount disallowed” “ancillary fees, products or services” and “EOB” are commonly used throughout the industry. The Department of Labor has one of many resources you can use to familiarize yourself with key terms.
3.    Know before you go. This is the single most important thing you can do. Is your provider in-network? (Networks change – especially this year, so double check.) Do you know your deductible? Will you owe co-insurance or a co-pay at the time of service? Do you need to set up an account to access HSA funds? Do you need a primary care referral before seeing a specialist? Refer to your coverage details or contact your provider BEFORE you schedule an appointment so you are prepared for any up front costs.
Don’t let the changing health insurance landscape catch you by surprise. A little research before an appointment can save a lot of headaches later.

Health and Fitness New Years Resolutions

This year, as is often the case, two of the top five resolutions relate to fitness and health: #1 is to lose weight and #5 is to “stay fit and healthy.” Statistics show that only eight percent of us are successful in achieving our new years resolution, and a recent UK survey says that Friday Jan 24 will be “fail Friday” for many new years resolution makers – it’s the day by which most of us are likely to break our pledge.  So why are resolutions such a bust, and what can you do to buck the trend?
The team at Advanced Ortho has three words for you this January: Don’t overdo it.
“One of the biggest reasons we don’t achieve our fitness goals – in January or any time of year – is being unrealistic about our goals or abilities and over-training in the first few days,” says Dr. John Papillion. “There’s nothing wrong with pushing yourself, and you should expect to be sore when starting a new exercise routine, but not to the point where you can’t get through your daily activities.” 
Many of us have experienced the regret of over doing it, followed by a couple of days of difficulty sitting and standing or even raising our arms above our head. It’s no wonder people fall off the workout wagon after that kind of recovery! Don’t let this happen to you. Follow these three tips to keep your resolution and your momentum in tact:
1.     START SLOW: Begin with moderate weight and reasonable reps. It may feel easy, but you will feel the impact the next day if the program is new to you. It’s just like the uncomfortable feeling from eating too much or too fast. Pace yourself. You can always add more [weight, intensity, or reps], but you can’t undo them once they are done. 
2.     TAKE TURNS: Rotate your emphasis. If you run one day, try biking or swimming the next. When strength training, pair complementary muscle groups and establish a rotation that gives each muscle group an off day in between workouts. For example, train chest and shoulders one day, core and back anther day, and legs and glutes the next day.
3.     FEED YOUR SUCCESS: For many people, a new fitness routine is a means to a very important end: weight loss.  And exercise goals are often paired with new diets and calorie restrictions. Healthy eating and calorie moderation is always a good idea, but remember a new workout routine means new energy demands on your body. Be sure to hydrate before, during and after you exercise, and plan for a healthy post-workout snack within 30 minutes of completing your routine. Don’t be tempted to skip the snack or a meal. Depriving your body after a workout will only slow your recovery and lead to less healthy eating choices later in the day.
Realistic goals and reasonable plans give you a real chance of success. Find your own pace and plan your own confidence-building “celebration Saturday” while leaving Fail Friday, and your bad habits, behind.