We are a couple weeks into 2016 and with a new year comes resolutions. Many of us choose resolutions that pertain to health and fitness. For those who struggle with chronic joint pain on a daily basis, these resolutions can be quite challenging.
Joint pain is typically caused by arthritis, which is inflammation of the joints resulting in swelling, stiffness and limited range of motion. Vigorous activity can increase the pain and stiffness. However, we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Little Company of Mary’s fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, Junaid Makda, M.D., and Khalid Yousuf, M.D., to hear their advice on staying healthy when living with chronic joint pain.
“For those who experience joint pain and arthritis, I highly recommend exercises such as swimming, aqua-aerobics, elliptical machines, or stationary bicycles,” said Dr. Makda. “These are great exercises that will keep your health intact while not putting too much stress on the body.” He also recommends avoiding high-impact exercises, such as running or jumping, and to focus on low weight and high repetition when weight training. “Proper form and technique are key to avoiding injury,” adds Dr. Makda.
In addition to exercise, healthy eating is an important aspect of fitness. “One piece of advice I always offer my patients is that, especially if the focus is weight loss, a healthy diet is crucial,” explained Dr. Yousuf. “When it comes to weight loss, a diet consisting of low carbohydrates, low fat and more protein is important.”
If you or a loved one is experiencing chronic joint pain or suffers from arthritis, Little Company of Mary’s Bone and Joint Specialists treat a wide range of needs for our patients, from expert surgical treatment and in-office treatment of breaks. Our personalized care, in coordination with your primary care physician as well as the rehabilitation providers (if necessary), gets you back to good health as quickly as possible. To learn more about surgical and non-surgical treatment options for joint pain or to make an appointment with Dr. Makda or Dr. Yousuf, call 708-974-7330 or visit www.lcmortho.com.