One of the joys of growing older is having more time to enjoy the activities that we love – whether it’s playing tennis or golf, traveling, or running around with our children or grandchildren. Sometimes, though, aches and pains start creeping in, and it’s not uncommon to think that those days of having an active lifestyle might be over.
Fortunately, in many cases, that’s not true. Since 1969, the physicians at Florida Orthopaedic Associates have been dedicated to ensuring that their patients have plenty of options when it comes to treating those nagging conditions. One of their four offices is located on International Parkway in Lake Mary.
“Sometimes, when people have an injury, they say, ‘I’m going to hang up my cleats,’ or ‘I’m going to give up being active.’ But that’s not necessarily the case,” says Benjamin Thomasson, DO, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and general orthopedic surgery at Florida Orthopaedic Associates. “It is true, we are getting older, but the reality is there are certain injuries that don’t require you to give up what you love. We just need to make some modifications.”
For example, a tennis player who is experiencing knee, elbow, or shoulder pain might benefit from exercises that improve strength and balance. Maybe a simple adjustment like playing doubles instead of singles or reducing the number of times you play each week – to give the body time to recuperate – is all that’s needed to get you back on the courts. Medication or surgery is not always necessary.
“Ultimately, that’s why we’re here in life,” Dr. Thomasson says. “It’s about identifying the things that make life enjoyable, and it’s our goal to help you maintain your active lifestyle and do the things that bring you joy.”
Dr. Thomasson has always been focused on helping others. He says he pursued orthopedic medicine because of his interest in caring for his community. He’s also been physically active all his life and knows how much joy it can bring to people’s lives. In addition to doing local volunteer work, Dr. Thomasson also keeps busy working as a team physician for professional rodeo athletes, Stetson University, a couple of minor-league soccer and basketball teams, and several high-school teams in Central Florida.
“At Florida Orthopaedic Associates, we’re here to advocate for you and educate you,” Dr. Thomasson says. “We want to help you make the decision that is right for you, so you can get back to the activities you love as quickly as possible.”