Older athletes experience increased physical injuries including back pain, heel pain, hamstring pulls, stress fractures and knee injuries. This increase is primarily due to changes in muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons due to aging. It is crucial for older adults to be conscious of these body changes and to alter their regime to avoid injuries while maintaining their physical fitness.
When arthritis aggravates and affects the integrity of a joint, sometimes this effect is severe enough to require surgery. These patients usually experience crippling joint pain and severe limitations in their movement which compromises their quality of life. In these cases, and after other therapies have failed, the most common approach is hip replacement surgery.
Many aging adults begin to have trouble with their mobility due to knee pain and some eventually undergo partial knee replacement for relief, but is this surgery only for seniors with knee pain? Can this surgery help young adults with knee pain?
Some of the causes of hip pain are arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis or a hip fracture. These conditions may require a patient to undergo total hip replacement if medication and therapy are not viable options.
Can your diet affect the pain you feel in your joints? Dr. Dan Albright, an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, NC discusses how your diet causes inflammation in your body. Eating a diet that reduces that inflammation can help the joint pain in your knees and hips.
How is too old for hip replacement surgery or a total hip replacement? Is there an age when orthopedic surgeons won’t recommend this surgery for their patients? In this video, Dr. Dan Albright from the Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic discusses age limitations on receiving total hip replacement surgery.
There are signs a patient may experience that indicate hip arthritis or an impaired hip joint which should be treated by hip replacement surgery.
Osteoarthritis (OA), a chronic condition that causes the cartilage between the joints to wear out, is the most prominent form of arthritis. The absence of cushion causes bones to rub and grind together, causing swelling, stiffness, and pain. Doctors may prescribe physical therapy, a knee brace, or oral medication. However, if a patent continues to experience severe pain, swelling or extensive joint damage, knee injections or a full knee replacement is recommended.