When people get older, the cartilage in the bones often wears away. The body is not able to rebuild cartilage so when this loss occurs, new bone is formed instead. The individual experiencing this will notice that certain everyday actions such as bending down or tying shoes will be more challenging.
Data from the National Health Interview Survey attained a few years ago (2007-9) found that 22 percent of US adults (around 50 million individuals) had reported, doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Around 8 percent of US adults (an estimated 21 million individuals) reported limitation in their standard activity levels. Based on this data, it was thus determined by the reporters that by 2030, around 37 percent arthritic sufferers will be complaining of arthritis-attributable activity limitations.
Prevention is thus key. According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paminder Kang, most cartilage breakage issues in the hip start with pain and swelling. But before surgery, there are many things the patient can do to help themselves. Taking a dosage of glucosamine chondroitin may relieve some arthritic symptoms. And stretching daily is a great way of attaining relief.
Another pain specialist, Harvey Finkelstein, can offer seniors a full assessment and, based on their condition, age and pain level, may be able to provide them with a non-invasive chronic treatment.
Vis-à-vis spinal arthritis, hot or cold therapeutic treatments are a non-invasive way to get some relief as well as anti-inflammatory medications or regular pain relief medications like Tylenol. When it comes to osteoarthritis however, a multi-disciplinary approach is more likely to offer relief, which chronic pain management specialists such as Finkelstein may be able to offer.