Orthopedics and the Mature Adult: What to Know

An orthopedic specialist treats patients at any stage in their lives, and is particularly familiar with the common injuries and issues associated with active mature patients. What kind of injuries should mature adults be on the lookout for, and what kinds of treatments may be involved?

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Osteoporosis

One common issue is osteoporosis, a systemic skeletal disorder characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissues. This condition is often thought of being characterized by extremely fragile bones; however, early diagnosis and treatment can mitigate many of the more extreme potential consequences of this ailment. Left untreated, osteoporosis can lead to pain, arthritis, and frequent or complex fractures. Prevention and prompt treatment are the keys to preventing the most serious of these issues.

Osteoarthritis

Especially if we’ve been active, by the time we reach retirement age, we may find we have some aches and pains. Some of these are to be expected, but when a pain is severe or interferes with our function, we may have some type or osteoarthritis, the most prevalent type of degenerative disease, and which affects the spine, finger, ankle, and knee joints. Some types of osteoarthritis are inherited; others are brought on or worsened by repetitive motions leading to joint degradation. An orthopedic specialist will present various treatment options from pain management to joint replacement.

Fractures and Dislocations

The final two prevalent concerns as we age involve fractures and dislocations. The shoulder joint is most commonly dislocated, due to the level of flexibility in the joint and the frequency of use. Treatment often includes shoulder surgery or rotator cuff surgery, and can lead to many more dynamic years of operation.  Fractures can occur in any bone, often as a result of changes in strength and balance. While some fractures can and do heal without intervention, assessment, bracing, and even surgery are often necessary.

Some people are so fearful of injury as they age that they decide to abstain from all the things they used to enjoy, giving up all the hobbies and recreations that used to occupy them. While certain care must be taken in any activity, staying fit and functional is the best way to prevent these conditions as we age. Request an appointment today, we’ll help you stay fit and healthy.

Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute is a medical practice located in Freehold and Monroe, NJ, our medical professionals are experts in orthopedic surgery, joint replacement, sports medicine, integrative wellness, spine care, physical therapy, and more.

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