There’s a lot to look forward to in retirement, like having all the free time you want, priority queuing at just about every establishment, and numerous senior citizen discounts. Then there are things you’re probably not too excited about. Case in point: arthritis, a common disease among the elderly where the bone joints become inflamed, causing debilitating pain in many cases.
As it turns out, though, arthritis of the knee is no longer just a retiree’s concern, as studies now suggest that more and more people are developing this condition at a younger age. This 2011 article from ArthritisToday.org provides further details:
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is being diagnosed at a much younger age than it was about 20 years ago – and it’s expected to place an additional burden on the health care system in the United States. That’s according to a study presented at the recent meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Chicago…
Elena Losina, PhD, co-director of the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who presented the…study, suggests that the increased incidence of knee OA in younger adults may be partly related to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called the national obesity epidemic and to an increasing number of knee injuries…
“The mean age of onset of physician-diagnosed OA fell from 69 years in the 1990s to 56 years in 2010, according to our study,” says Losina.
With the increasing occurrence of knee arthritis in the relatively young, the study found that total knee replacement surgery has tripled among people between 45 to 65 years old. As a result, 4 in 10 knee replacement surgeries are performed on people below 65 years old.
Of course, this procedure is not only invasive, it’s also very expensive. According to Healthline.com, expect to pay about $49,500 for a brand new knee—about 35% more expensive that the cost of a shiny new car.
However, according to MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center, Bergen County knee pain treatment need not always be expensive or aggressive. For example, the practice offers hyaluronate injections that mimic the lubricating and cushioning properties of natural joint fluid (synovial fluid). It also provides brain-based endocrinology and chiropractic treatments that stimulate the body’s innate healing capabilities.
As the body’s secondary shock absorbers, the knees are a crucial part of human anatomy. When diseases like arthritis set in, your mobility and quality of life will surely suffer. With effective, surgery-free knee pain treatment in Paramus, NJ, though, both young and old adults can overcome this painful illness.
(Source: Knee OA on the Rise in Younger People, ArthritisToday.org, November 09, 2011)