Knee Pain or Injury Holding Up Your New Year’s Resolution?
The New Year is a great time to ponder about goals and aspirations and make positive lifestyle changes in 2020. However, if you’re living with knee pain or an injury consider including these additional resolutions that can help!
We all know change does NOT happen overnight. It takes repetition, time, and dedication to make any meaningful change. All it takes is the FIRST step. After you’re over the first step, continuing to implement simple steps to be a part of your everyday life, it can be very effective in reducing joint pain, and you’ll feel a boost in your overall health.
- Healthier Choices. Having an ideal body weight lowers the amount of pressure on your joints which reduces arthritis pain. When you add more fruits and vegetables into your diet wherever possible and make it a priority to cut back on fatty meats can lead to weight loss. Not only do you lose weight, but this particular type of diet may help in reducing inflammation – all of which can be good for arthritis pain.
- Active Lifestyle. Exercise is extremely beneficial to individuals with osteoarthritis. Exercise helps strengthen the tissues that support the joint. With that being said, this reduction of stress that is put directly on the joint is better for arthritis. The target muscles that need to be strengthened will differ depending on which joints have arthritis. Please make sure to always check with your doctor about physical therapy to learn the specifics for your joint pain. Meanwhile, try opting-in for lower impact exercises like swimming and cycling to stay active.
- Consider Alternative Medicine. Most may avoid orthopedic surgery with stem cells, Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) and Lipogems® injections. These treatments include growth factors and regenerative cells from the body that are injected into areas of injury or degeneration. The goal is to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal damaged areas. Goradia at G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is a leader in orthobiologics. He has worked with physicians around the country to bring this technology to Richmond, VA, and the mid-Atlantic region. He has been treating patients with PRP since 2010 and stem cell injections since 2013. Dr. Goradia was also the first orthopedic physician and surgeon to perform Lipogems injections.
Whether you have had a recent knee injury or have been living with knee pain for years, Dr. Goradia at G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine can get you in quickly, provide the right diagnosis, and create an individualized treatment plan. G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine offer the latest and most advanced treatment options.