Bones, Joints and Muscle Care
At Littleton Adventist Hospital, we take pride in delivering quality, patient-centered orthopedic care.
Our team of orthopedic trauma experts, fellowship-trained sport medicine physicians and seasoned orthopedic surgeons offers our community the latest in orthopedic technologies and procedures, enabling our patients to return to a pain-free life faster than ever before.
The Aging Athlete's Knee
If you've spent a lifetime being active, your heart and lungs are likely in top shape. However, your knees may be telling a different story.
As we age, some bone loss and cartilage decay is normal. But for athletes and runners, knee injuries early in life can lead to chronic joint pain and osteoarthritis down the road. Don't let this pain keep you from being active in your later years.
"In general, people who exercise regularly experience significantly less joint pain than sedentary people," says Robert Thomas, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Littleton Adventist Hospital. "Adults with osteoarthritis can still be active with low-impact activities such as cycling, swimming, or walking."
Gain Without Pain
It may be too late to reverse damage from previous wear and tear, but there are things you can do now to alleviate joint pain and get back to an active life. If your knee pain is too severe for exercise, taking a low-dose, non-prescription pain medication as needed may help. According to Dr. Thomas, many patients also find relief through cortisone injections. If these therapies aren't enough, surgical options are available and may be appropriate.
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From the Spring 2012 issue of Your Health Your Hospital.