Physician Lisa Anderson says she didn’t think twice when she heard a nurse was going to call off her routine exercise class for the day because of an injury to her hip.
Anderson, who is on a waiting list for an MRI, said she told the nurse she needed more time to recover.
Anderson was scheduled to meet with her orthopedic surgeon Wednesday.
She said she had to leave the class when she noticed a nurse calling off the session.
She has been in a wheelchair since her injury in January.
“I’m not an athlete,” Anderson said.
“My body can’t even get me in a good position.”
She said the nurse told her she needed a walker to get around, but it didn’t look like she would be able to do that.
She ended up walking to a nearby store to pick up a carton of ice cream.
Anderson said she has been on crutches since her accident.
“It’s not fun,” she said.
Anderson is not alone.
Other orthopedists, occupational therapists and other medical providers have reported a similar problem.
ABC News has been told by several health professionals that they have seen patients whose hip injuries were caused by being kicked off an exercise class.
The problem is that exercise classes can be more difficult than physical therapy sessions, experts said.
It can also be hard to monitor the progress of patients as they progress through the program.
Health professionals say that in many cases, patients need to be on a daily basis to make sure they are getting enough exercise and that they’re getting adequate nutrition.
They say this is particularly important for patients who have chronic diseases like arthritis or diabetes.
Many of the medical providers who spoke with ABC News said they felt they had to take steps to ensure that patients were getting enough regular exercise.
“The idea is that patients should be getting enough activity to keep their joints strong, and it’s really hard to make that happen,” said Dr. Michael F. Kohn, an orthopedist and professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico.
Kornreich said he has seen many patients who needed regular exercise, but were kicked off because they were unable to keep up with the schedule.
He said it’s important to make changes, but he said he also feels it is important for the public to have access to quality physical therapy.
“If you don’t know what you need, what’s wrong with you, what can you do to improve?” he said.
Kogan said many patients are reluctant to seek treatment because they don’t want to be embarrassed.
“Some patients have to be in a position of trying to prove that they can do things that they couldn’t do in a class,” he said, adding that there’s a lot of misinformation and myths out there about exercise.
But many patients said they were encouraged to seek help for their injuries and often did so, Kogan added.
“What’s really interesting about this is that when I talked to patients, they were not in denial, they just were trying to figure out how to get better,” he told ABC News.
Kriegman, the orthopedics physician, said that while he doesn’t think many patients were willing to do the work of regular exercise because of their injuries, he did find it difficult to get them to do it.
“You really need to find that balance between being able to provide the physical therapy and being able have the physical therapist there for the physical therapists work,” Kriegmann said.
He says that patients often don’t think about the health consequences of not being able a lot.
“We’re very often in this situation where we just don’t have the tools to be able, and the fact that we don’t has made it very difficult to do this,” Kornregich said.