With more and more individuals staying active longer, there is a growing focus on self-care treatments to help those suffering from hip and knee pain regain mobility and delay the need for surgery.
Knee and hip replacements have exploded over the past decade and are expected to rise by 500% by 2030 according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. While sometimes necessary these surgeries can be extensive and costly.
The best ways to slow down joint deterioration, whether it’s due to arthritis or another chronic condition, and help preserve cartilage cushioning knees and other joints are to follow the Arthritis Foundation’s guidelines. Below are the foundation’s top three tips for preventing or delaying joint replacement surgery. Instead of jumping to the conclusion that a knee surgery is your only option, consider consulting with a physical therapist to help meet these three guidelines – you may be surprised with the impact on your joint health and well-being.
- Lose Weight
Every pound on your body places additional stress on your joints. By losing a single pound you can reduce the weight on your knees by 4 pounds.
- Get Active
While it seems counter-intuitive, stopping activity does not help reduce joint pain. It’s important to exercise your joints with regular, low-impact activity like cycling, walking, or swimming. Research supports the claim that proper exercise and stretching will help keep a knee healthy for longer.
- Increase Muscle
Strong muscles help support damaged joints. Work all the muscle groups twice a week (squats and bridges are good exercises) and you’ll relieve your joint pain and help stabilize weaknesses.
Despite your best efforts, sometimes a healthy routine is not enough to combat serious pain that restricts everyday activities. When surgery is necessary, make sure you explore all of your surgical options with an orthopaedic specialist before deciding to replace the diseased or injured joint. If you have questions or concerns you can contact an expert member of our orthopaedic team directly.
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