It’s basic physics; a body in motion stays in motion while a body at rest will stay at rest. It is a well-known fact that those who are physically active are healthier, happier and tend to live longer than those who are often sedentary. Not only can inactivity cause a variety of health risks such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis it can also lead to weight gain, weakened muscles and joint pain. The World Health Organization reports that inactivity is a global problem stating, “Globally, around 31%of adults aged 15 and over were insufficiently active in 2008 (men 28% and women 34%). Approximately 3.2 million deaths each year are attributable to insufficient physical activity.”
Today, over 60% of the US population is overweight as a result of inactivity and poor nutrition. Not surprisingly, this epidemic has caused an increase in multiple health issues including joint pain and arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation affirmed that “obesity prevalence is 54% higher among adults with arthritis compared with adults without arthritis.” The Foundation also reported that physical activity is a “key element” for managing arthritis and other chronic diseases.
For some people, years of inactivity has lead to weight gain and caused increase stress on their joints leading to significant cartilage damage. Others may have been very active their entire life but still experience joint pain. Either way, it is important not to let existing arthritis keep you from leading an active lifestyle. One of the best things you can do to minimize joint pain and prevent further damage is to maintain a healthy diet with moderate exercise so your muscles, bones and joints can become strong and stable. Walking, swimming, cycling and other low impact activities are great exercises that can lessen your joint pain and keep arthritis at bay.
If you are still struggling with joint pain, make sure to visit a doctor and research all of your options. If a total joint replacement is recommended, be sure to ask what activity limitations you will have after surgery and what lifestyle changes you will need to make. If your arthritis is still in the beginning stages, ask your surgeon if you are a candidate for an Arthrosurface HemiCAP implant. The Arthrosurface procedure is designed to restore the natural anatomy of your painful joint and can be performed on an outpatient basis. With the HemiCAP, remaining joint structures and healthy bone are left untouched, allowing patients to resume full activity without restrictions.