Keep on moving for a healthy retirement

04 April 2018

You may be giving up work and planning to take things a little easier, but advice from medical experts is clear – don’t retire to the couch!

As more and more of the Baby Boomer generation reach retirement age, doctors are urging them to stay fit and active in order to enjoy their ‘after work’ years.

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that the best way to cut the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and even Alzheimer’s, was to “keep on moving”.

But many people who would like to take more exercise are held back because of pain in their knees or hips causing a vicious circle of little to no exercise, leading to deteriorating health.

Explained Spire South Bank’s Orthopaedic Consultant Mr Sherif Isaac: “Many patients feel able to put up with a ‘niggle’ in the hip or knee but, as things start to worsen, some patients are worried that they will not be able to do things like golf, rambling or gardening following surgery. 

“Some patients may feel that they are too old for surgery – others feel they are too young and just to persevere with what can be quite severe symptoms.

“As symptoms worsen patients can find themselves doing less and less physical exercise. Unfortunately some feel they have to give up activities they love such as golf, rambling or gardening because their hips or knees hurt too much. With careful surgery and good physiotherapy people can get back to many of the activities they have missed.

While joint replacements might be required, frequently following discussion and with imaging such as X-rays and MRI scans, some problems can be helped with physiotherapy or indeed by more minor surgical intervention. Not everyone with a hip or knee problem needs a replacement.

Certainly patients should not feel that hip or knee pain is just something that has to be tolerated. There are a number of treatment options and surgical procedures that, when performed carefully, can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life.

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