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Keeping your joints healthy, free joint pain seminar planned

Nish L. Shah, MD

Nish L. Shah, MD

Nader A. Ayub, DO

Nader A. Ayub, DO

SUGAR LAND – Primary care sports medicine physicians with Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Sugar Land, have some important pointers for dealing with joint pain for every decade of your life.
“When we’re young, we take our joints for granted — running and jumping with wild abandon. It’s not until we’re older or face an injury that we realize what our joints do for us and why protecting them is important,” said Nish Shah, M.D., board certified primary care sports medicine physician with Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Sugar Land.
20s and 30s: Protect Your Joints
“Individuals in their 20s and 30s should exercise regularly and lift weights to strengthen the muscles that support joints,” said Nader Ayub, D.O., board certified primary care sports medicine physician with Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Sugar Land. “Maintain a healthy weight and make sure you have a balanced diet that includes the proper amounts of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D to support bone and joint health.”
Though many people are more active at this age, those who are overweight or have experienced a severe injury within the past 10 years may begin to develop early signs of osteoarthritis, including joint pain and stiffness.
40s and 50s: Keep a Healthy Weight
The toll of earlier injuries or joint damage related to excess weight over time starts to mount. You may notice creaking or popping in your knees when climbing stairs, stiffness for a few minutes after waking, or a dull ache in your hips after exercise. Weight loss, physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medications may alleviate these mild symptoms.
“Every extra pound gained puts four pounds of additional pressure on your knees and can further exacerbate osteoarthritis symptoms,” Shah said. “Help your joints last as long as possible by eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.”
60s, 70s and Beyond: Stay Active
As you age, chances are greater that you’ll develop osteoarthritis in your hips, knees or shoulders. “Genetics, past injuries, excess weight and physical inactivity all play a role in its development and severity,” Ayub said.
Severe symptoms, like constant pain and very limited mobility, aren’t uncommon, but anti-inflammatory medication, weight loss, physical therapy and exercise can help. “Even in late age, losing weight can help decrease joint pain in the knees and hips, while regular stretching and strengthening can help lubricate hip, knee and shoulder joints and increase flexibility,” Ayub said.
Unfortunately, some people will reach a point where the pain is unbearable. “In the most severe cases, osteoarthritis can make it hard to walk, lift or reach, or even be self-sufficient,” Shah said. “In these cases, joint replacement can provide pain relief, improve range of motion and mobility, and restore independence. Joint replacement is a good option to have down the road in a worst-case scenario, but the opportunity to decrease your chances of needing one is in your hands today.”

To schedule an appointment with Nader Ayub, D.O., or Nish Shah, M.D., visit houstonmethodist.org/orthopedics-sl or call 281.690.4678. Visit our Facebook page at fb.com/methodistsugarland for the latest news, events and information.

FREE JOINT PAIN SEMINAR
Is chronic joint pain slowing you down? Join Nader Ayub, D.O., or Nish Shah, M.D., for a free seminar at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, in Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Brazos Pavilion Conference Center.
From diagnosis to rehabilitation, both physicians will discuss the latest medical advances to help you get back to the active life you enjoy.
For more information or to register, visit events.houstonmethodist.org/jointpain-sl or call 281.274.7500.


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