Being Active this Summer

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How To Be Active This Summer

Summer is one of the best seasons of the year: the smell of fresh cut grass, children taking swimming lessons, watching high school baseball games and grilling out with friends and family. For many, this is the best season to be outside and active.

Yet, for more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children worldwide, being active is much more of a struggle due to one of the largest worldwide pandemics we face today.

Arthritis.

While one of the most common and recognizable conditions, it is also one of the most misunderstood. With over 100 different types of arthritis, any age or race can suffer from its debilitating symptoms. Even though it’s more commonly found in older adults, the swelling, pain, stiffness and limited mobility that arthritis brings can affect anyone. These manifestations may present themselves as mild, moderate or severe, but can worsen with time and age.

At Aspen Mountain Medical Center, our orthopaedic specialists deal with all types of joint pain and can help with whatever pain ails you. Advanced treatment methods can help maximize your mobility and minimize your pain and we can help get you back to an active lifestyle.

But before considering surgical intervention, there are also alternatives worth looking in to that may help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis:

Exercise/Weight Loss

Maintaining a regular, healthy weight and exercising is one of the best remedies for people who suffer from arthritis. Losing excess weight means less stress and strain that is put on your joints. Exercise increases your strength and flexibility and helps reduce joint pain and inflammation.

There are many low-impact exercises that can be performed if you or someone you know already suffers from arthritis. All in all, simply getting up and moving around frequently can certainly help.

Medication

There are many types of medication, both pharmaceutical and natural, that can help reduce the effects of arthritis. It’s always best to do research about medication though, as virtually all drugs have side effects and will affect everyone differently. It’s possible that the risks may outweigh the benefits, but medication is worth researching.

Natural Arthritis Remedies

Many vitamins, minerals and supplements may have positive effects when it comes to counteracting joint pain and inflammation. While these natural remedies may not provide the same benefits to everyone, they certainly act as a natural, potential solution to what ails you.

Chiropractic/Physical Therapy

While this is not a tried and true method for everyone suffering from varying forms of arthritis, chiropractic and physical therapy has been known to help certain individuals alleviate their joint pain. Depending on the type of arthritis, chiropractic care and physical therapy may actually worsen symptoms due to certain techniques or practices.

Don’t let this summer pass you by. If you’ve suffered from arthritis long enough, please let us help you back on the road to recovery. To learn more about the orthopaedic and pain management services that we offer, call us at 307-352-8900.

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