Active baby boomers need to recognize likelihood of orthopaedics issues

April 18, 2012

Topic: Orthopaedics & sports medicine

Orthopaedic pain that does not improve within three days deserves medical attention.

Physical fitness and mobility are both essential to the independence of baby boomers. However, it is also important for these individuals to recognize that as they age, the likelihood of having orthopaedics issues increases.

The population of Americans aged 65 years or older is expected to increase by about 16 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Common musculoskeletal conditions within active members of this group include tendinitis, meniscus tears and back pain, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

However, some seniors may be confused about when to seek medical treatment.

Excruciating pain warrants immediate attention. However, seniors may observe most injuries over the course of two to three days. If pain and range of motion improve during this time period, a doctor's appointment may not be necessary. These conditions may be treated immediately with ice, over-the-counter painkillers or heating pads.

Seniors have to remember not to wait too long to see a doctor, or else risk delaying recovery, physical therapist Nathan Sels told the news source. Professionals may still recommend conservative approaches, such as exercise, as a first line of treatment.

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