Osteoarthritis is a common condition that often occurs when an individual passes the age of 50, and is when the cartilage that connects the ends of the bones deteriorates and interferes with the smooth movement of the joints. In addition, this constricts the smooth movement of the tendons and ligaments surrounding the joints and weakens the muscles. This causes a painful rubbing of the exposed bones against each other.
Osteoarthritis is currently affecting over 27 million Americans, and yet many are able to overcome the physical limitations of the disease and live a comfortable life with reduced pain and increased mobility. Rest assured that you can do the same by actively engaging in treatment and prevention tactics, including:
- Consult your local interventional pain management physician and speak about establishing a customized treatment plan based on your distinct needs and physical attributes.
- Keep yourself educated on everything pertaining to your condition and remain in regular contact with your doctor for support and guidance.
- Maintain a healthy weight to prevent excessive stress on weight-bearing joints, such as your knees and hips.
- Wear comfortable footwear and/or utilize orthotics, i.e., supportive shoe inserts.
- Wear a knee brace to improve stability and decrease the risk of falling.
- Make the most out of heat and/or cold for arthritic pain relief, such as ice packs or a warm bath.
- Know the right at-home exercises you can perform to reduce pain and increase your range of motion.
Fortunately, in many cases, osteoarthritis is only as serious as you allow it to be. There are numerous preventative tactics that you can do in order to live your life to the fullest and never stop doing the things that you enjoy. You can easily place yourself on the path towards overcoming your physical limitations by working with one of Bradenton and Sarasota’s top pain management physicians from Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management. Call us today!