Deteriorating joints result from arthritis, which is diagnosed when the joints and surrounding muscle tissue become inflamed and cause acute pain. A recent survey indicates that 33% of Americans show some of the symptoms of arthritis. There can be different causes of deteriorating joints from genetic disorders to over-use of the joint. Many athletes experience deteriorating joints. Athletes who competed at high levels in their respective sports will get older and experience symptoms of joint pain. There are only a few ways for athletes to treat joint pain without seeing an orthopedic surgeon.
Athletes or former athletes who are experiencing joint pain should examine their lifestyle. Believe it or not, diet can be a leading cause of joint inflammation. If you are experiencing these symptoms, write down everything you eat for a week. At the end of the week examine the list and decipher what your eating habits are. Many times people cannot even remember what they ate the day before, which shows how little attention we pay towards what we ingest. If you have a diet that lacks vegetables and grain but is full of meat, dairy, and processed foods you have a lot of work to do. Often times, individuals suffering from arthritis share the same dietary habits; highly processed foods and little to no vegetables.
Once you start changing your diet, you will need to look for some sort of low-impact exercise to help strengthen your muscles and joints. Low impact means that there is little or no impact on the joints. For example, two good sports that are low impact are swimming and rowing. When done correctly, these and other basic exercise forms will help an arthritis sufferer live a life of less chronic pain. It’s important to note that if you are having arthritis issues you should not be working out as hard as you can. It is better to give the joints a consistent steady workout rather than a short intense workout. Another recommended hobby is yoga. Yoga can be practiced anywhere at any time. It is a stress reliever and will help relieve some of the pain caused by joint pain. There are classes available all over the country, which accept beginners at a low price.
Although many times these exercises work, it is always recommended that individuals consult with an orthopedic surgeon. The Oklahoma orthopedics unit of Summit Medical Center has the surgeons and staff to give you the most up to date options to help you on your way to a pain-free life.