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Creaky, achy joints. A twinge in the knee. A sharp shooting pain in the groin. All too often, we assume that joint pain is a normal part of aging, and something that we just have to learn to live with. Nothing could be further from the truth. With a wealth of treatment options available, there’s never been a better time to say “bye” to pain and “hello” to active living.
The fact is, there is no sure way to prevent joint pain and inflammation—but you can help to reduce your risk and delay the potential onset. If you have healthy joints right now, it’s important to do what you can to maintain mobility and function. To help prevent joint pain and inflammation, engage in weight-bearing exercises, maintain a healthy weight, eat a nutritious diet and refrain from smoking.
Symptoms of joint pain and inflammation include, but are not limited to:
While every orthopaedic evaluation is different, there are many commonly used tests that an orthopaedic surgeon may consider in evaluating a patient’s condition. In general, the orthopaedic evaluation usually consists of a thorough medical history evaluation, a physical examination, X-rays, and any additional tests, such as laboratory testing, specialized X-rays or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Following the orthopaedic evaluation, the orthopaedic surgeon will review and discuss the results with you. Based on his or her diagnosis, your joint pain treatment options may include: