For many, the idea of aches and pains as you age is just something that
comes with the territory. Yes, mild soreness and aches are common, but
there are several things you can do to help prevent it from interfering
with your daily activities. So to age gracefully, and with less
pain, here’s what you need to know:
Aging Changes in the Body
Your body goes through a lot of stress throughout the years, so it’s
only natural for flexibility to decrease. As you age, the fluid that helps
your joints move with ease will gradually diminish, cartilage can degenerate
in your hips and knees, and muscle tone can change and reduce. This can
all lead to inflammation, stiffness, poor posture, and slower movement.
However, how this affects you all depends on your activity level. While
some experience mild soreness, others can suffer from severe arthritis.
Here’s how to ensure yours isn’t the later:
Keep a Healthy Weight
Extra weight puts extra stress and pressure on your joints, like your knees
and hips. The extra weight puts more force on your joint with every movement,
ultimately leading to more wear and tear. Even losing a few pounds can
help reduce pressure and pain.
The best way to keep your bones healthy and your joints flexible is through
routine exercise. That being said, pushing your workout past your limitations
can leave you injured. Listen to your body and speak with your doctor
before starting any new working out routines. Some great ways to keep
your muscle tone up and your joints moving is through:
Low impact activities: Walking, cycling, or daily swimming is a great way to stay active for those
who are already experiencing joint pain.
Daily stretching: By incorporating some yoga into your routine, you can gain strength and
flexibility. Consider adding a block or chair to the routine until your
Strength training and physical therapy: For those who experience pain every day, the kind that is affecting their
day-to-day, physical therapy might be a great way to restore your range
of motion and flexibility.
It’s never too late to start taking care of your joints. If pain
is impeding your daily life,
Powder River Orthopedics & Spine (PROS) is here to help in Gillette, Wyoming. We can evaluate your options
so you can rest assured that you get the best possible outcome and are
back to a happy and active life in no time.
Call the PROS at 307.686.1413 or visit
www.cchwyo.org/PROS to learn more.