Reaching the age of 60 is a milestone that brings with it a wealth of experiences and wisdom. However, it can also mark the onset of joint pain that can impact your daily life. The skilled team at Total Joint Specialists understands the challenges that joint pain can pose.
In this blog, we hope to shed light on five common causes that might be behind your aches and pains. By understanding the reasons behind your joint discomfort, you can take proactive steps to manage it and continue enjoying an active and fulfilling life.
Osteoarthritis, often referred to as the "wear-and-tear" arthritis, is a prevalent cause of joint pain after 60. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30% of adults aged 45-64 reported a diagnosis of arthritis. Once patients reach 65, that number rises to 50%.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage in the joints breaks down, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Weight-bearing joints such as knees, hips, and spine are particularly susceptible. While osteoarthritis can't be fully reversed, we offer conservative and surgical treatments to manage symptoms and improve joint function.
2. Rheumatoid arthritis
Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that can affect people of all ages. It’s not uncommon for rheumatoid arthritis to show up at age 60, or older.
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks the lining of the joints, leading to inflammation, pain, and joint damage. Early diagnosis and tailored treatment plans are crucial to slowing down disease progression and managing joint pain.
Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause sudden and intense joint pain, often affecting the big toe or knee joint. It occurs when there is an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, leading to inflammation and discomfort. It usually develops as you age. Men are most affected, but anyone can develop the disease.
Dietary modifications and medications can help control gout flares and reduce the risk of recurrent attacks.
4. Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative disc disease can lead to joint pain in the spine. As the discs between the vertebrae degenerate, they put pressure on spinal joints and nerves, causing pain, numbness, and tingling. Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and practicing good posture can help manage symptoms. This has also caused some radiating pain in to the hip which can be perceived as more hip pain than back pain.
Bursitis is the inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion and lubricate areas where tendons or skin rub accross bones. After 60, the bursae are more prone to inflammation due to increased wear-and-tear. Bursitis commonly affects the shoulders, hips, and knees, causing pain and limited mobility. Rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications are often effective treatments.
If you’re 60 or older and experiencing joint pain, it’s not just something you need to learn to “live with.” Here at Total Joint Specialists, we offer personalized care and guide you toward effective treatments that can improve your quality of life. You can stay mobile and comfortable, even if you have a condition like osteoarthritis. In fact, staying active helps keep your joints healthy!
Contact the experienced orthopedic team at Total Joint Specialists at the nearest office in Midtown Atlanta, Alpharetta, Braselton, Canton, Cumming, Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Sandy Springs, or Woodstock, Georgia. Call or schedule online today to make your appointment.