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Danbury Hospital’s Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Discusses Sustaining Bone, Joint and Muscle Health as We Age

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - Danbury, CT

Beth Aaronson, M.D.

Beth S. Aaronson, M.D.
Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Danbury Hospital
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When a 60-year-old woman started experiencing occasional hip discomfort during her regular walks, she was worried because one of her vital long-term goals is to continue this exercise in her later years.

According to Beth Aaronson, M.D., chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Danbury Hospital and a physician member of Western Connecticut Medical Group, "since she has established a good routine to support her physical and cardiovascular health, and can remain active for many years to come. As long as she feels well and has received no advice to curtail this activity from her primary care physician or other specialist, she should simply follow their recommendations for regular care and screening to stay healthy."

"Above all, pay attention to what your body is telling you regarding the time and intensity of one's walking, take special precautions to wear the right footwear and follow a safe route, especially with regard to weather, traffic and terrain," Dr. Aaronson advises. "With respect to one's bones, joints and muscles, one should not let pain, swelling, or walking difficulties go left unchecked."

"Hip pain can be the result of a problem with your feet, your back, the way you walk (gait), or prior injury or wear and tear on the hip. Don't hesitate to ask and see your doctor," said Dr. Aaronson.

From stretching before exercise to physical therapy, medications and surgery, there are many ways to help people as they age maintain their healthy walking habit for the long-term.

For more information on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation programs and services offered by Western Connecticut Health Network-Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, please call 1-800-516-4743. If you need a physician referral, call 1-800-516-3658 or search the online Find a Doctor tool to find a physician near you.

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