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Dealing with Aging Joints

Getting older is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean aging joints have to keep one from leading an active lifestyle.

Exercise, proper diet and good posture all play a role in keeping joints young as long as possible. However, with age, often comes osteoarthritis.

Ostheoarthritis is one of the ten most disabling diseases in the developed world. Worldwide estimates are that 10% of men and 18% of women over 60 years have symptomatic osteoarthritis, including moderate and severe forms. Age is the strongest predictor of the development and progression of osteoarthritis and joint replacement is becoming an ever more common treatment.


Hip and Knee Replacements

The number of hip and knee replacements has increased rapidly as a result of dramatically improved outcomes due to more effective surgical procedures and better replacement devices. In the United States, both hip replacement and knee replacement rates have nearly doubled since 2000. Joint replacement is often the answer for those who experience constant pain when walking or climbing stairs.

Following hip or knee replacement, patients often stand or begin walking the day of surgery. At first, a walker or crutches are used and some temporary pain is experienced in the new joint because muscles are weak from not being used and the body is healing from the surgery. Pain is usually controlled by medication. In many cases, physical therapy begins the day after surgery to help strengthen the muscles around the new joint and help regain motion. Joint replacement works well even for older people – it has a success rate of greater than 90 percent.

 

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