You gaze longingly out the window. There isn’t a cloud in the sky. It’s not too hot or too cold—it is the perfect day for a hike. It’s days like this that really remind you of the joint pain that keeps you out of the mountains and indoors.
Our joints facilitate mobility, which allows us to walk, run, sit and of course, hike our favorite trails. So for those of us with joint pain, we know how limiting joint conditions can be. Yet, as our orthopedic experts know, there isn’t just one cause of joint pain. As Utah’s top provider of orthopedic care for three years running, we’ve put together seven very important things to know about joint pain—to help keep you healthy, happy and active.
- Knees and Hips- As our orthopedic surgeons can explain, knees and hips are the most common joints to be replaced. Since these joints carry most of your body’s weight, it is essential to keep them in good working order.
- Diet and Exercise- While physical activity may seem like a culprit of joint pain, exercise can actually help ease the discomfort. However, it’s important to talk with your doctor about the right exercises for you. Diet also plays an important role in combating joint pain.
- Aging- As with most things in life, joints can wear out too. Joint fluid decreases as we get older. This results in joints becoming stiffer and less flexible. Surgery and joint replacements, like knee and hip replacements, are available in the event that joints do wear out.
- Physical Injury- Common activities and sports often result in tears, breaks and fractures that need to be treated by an orthopedic specialist.
- Obesity- Being overweight or obese places an extra strain on your joints, especially the weight-bearing joints. Knees, hips and facet joints take the brunt of the weight. Therefore, additional weight can cause joint pain, which is why it’s best to maintain a healthy weight.
- Arthritis- Arthritis in any form is simply an inflammation of the joints. Yet, there are many different types of arthritis—the two most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s important to know the difference to start an effective treatment plan.
- Overuse- Repetitive stress injuries are a big cause of joint pain, but this doesn’t mean you have to be on the field to develop one. Something as simple as sitting at your desk, or constantly performing the same motion can cause joint pain.
Proper joint care is essential to staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle. Don’t keep living life on the sidelines. Get back to the moments you enjoy— explore the award-winning orthopedic procedures offered at our Bountiful hospital. If you’re experiencing joint pain, call (855) 796-0593 to schedule an appointment at with our joint experts.