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Nearly 70% of People Over 65 Have Knee Arthritis

As we age, it is very important that we pay additional attention to our joint health just as we do for heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs. Joint health importance should be part of our daily regiment as our bones are literally the foundation of your body. Although aging does tend to cause a decrease in bone mass, studies have shown that there are steps we can take to slow this process. For instance, seniors that consume enough calcium and vitamin D (which is essential for proper absorption of the calcium), eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly, have a distinct advantage over those who don’t.  

Our joints are more than just bones. They include the soft tissues around them, such as cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Cartilage is the hard slippery flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones at a joint. Tendons are tough, flexible bands that connect your muscles to your bones so you can move your joints. Ligaments connect the bones of the joint to each other to keep them stable when you move.

The knees are one of the most frequently affected joints by arthritis. About 70% of people over the age of 65 have knee arthritis. While knee degeneration has many possible causes, one of the most common is from osteoarthritis (OA). This leads to cartilage breakdown in the knee which can lead to increased pain as bone-on-bone movement occurs. This pain can greatly impair movement, and as a result lead to a reduced quality of life. Some treatments, like the Hyaluronic acid (aka Gel injection) recommended every 6 months, maximizes joint health and minimizes pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Knee joint arthritis prevention and treatment is important to staying healthy and avoiding surgery. Proactive screenings for prevention and treatment are recommended for anyone over the age of 60.

Fortunately, there are options available to treat knee pain from osteoarthritis such as Gel injections or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). While treatments can depend on the severity of the underlying arthritis, these will generally start with conservative therapies then work up to more invasive treatments as needed. One highly recommended option for relief is hyaluronic acid injections (also known as Gel injection). The Gel injections can improve function, reduce pain, and in many instances delay or avoid knee replacement surgery.


Benefits of Gel Injection
Injecting Gel into knees restores proper lubrication and cushioning to joints, which may slowly degenerated due to arthritis. The treatment may also reduce inflammation and protect joint cartilage from further wear and tear. The gel is made of Hyaluronic acid that is naturally present in joints, and functions as a lubricant and a shock absorbent to provide cushioning and reduce bone-on-bone cortact.


Insurance Coverage
The gel injections are covered by mainly all commercial and government insurance plans. Medicare provides coverage of the Gel injection every 6 months. Commercial insurance plans such as BCBS, UHC, Aetna, and others also provide coverage for the Gel injections and recommend them to be conducted every 6 months.


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Joint health importance and improvement should be part of our daily regiment

Ways to improve bone and joint health include a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens are especially rich in calcium and other minerals that can help both your joints and bones. If you exercise, be sure to choose low impact exercises that do not place too much strain on your joints. Many people choose walking, cycling or swimming to stay in shape. Yoga and gentle stretching can help keep your joints more flexible, too. Lifting small weights can also improve your bone density.

Exercise also improves mood, reduces stress and boosts your immune system. The best time to fight osteoporosis is before it begins. Bone and joint health are a part of your overall wellness. You should also talk to your doctor, as certain medications (even over the counter ones), can leech calcium from your bones.

If you or your loved ones are experiencing knee pain contact us for diagnosis, treatment, and future prevention.

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