We brush off joint pain as just “getting older,” a badge of our busy lives. But what if it’s something more? Persistent stiffness, swelling, and pain could be a sign of arthritis, a condition that affects millions of us in the prime of our careers, not just seniors.

Could This Be You?

✔️ Struggling to open jars or type emails? That frustrating morning stiffness?

✔️ Pain that hangs around even when you’re trying to relax?

✔️ Trouble bending or fully extending your joints?

✔️ Noticeable swelling and tenderness around your joints?

The Impact No One Talks About

Arthritis doesn’t just hurt. It can derail your career. Missed workdays, struggling to focus, and the exhaustion that comes with chronic pain – it adds up. But there’s good news: you don’t have to just live with it.

Lifestyle Matters

Lose Extra Weight: Every pound lost reduces the stress on your joints, especially weight-bearing joints like knees and hips. Even a 5-10% weight reduction can improve pain and mobility.

Move More: Choose gentle, joint-friendly exercises like walking, swimming, or tai chi. Regular exercise strengthens muscles, which better support and protect your joints.

Manage Stress: Stress triggers inflammation, which can worsen arthritis symptoms. Relaxation techniques like deep breathing, taking a walk and yoga can help.

Get Answers, Get Relief

Don’t wait for joint pain to control your life. Get answers and get relief by starting with a specialist. An orthopedic specialist can accurately diagnose arthritis and develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan might include medication to manage pain and inflammation, physical therapy to improve your strength and flexibility, along with smart lifestyle changes that can make a huge difference in your overall well-being. In some cases, if these approaches don’t provide enough relief, surgery may be an option to reduce pain and restore joint function.

Managing arthritis is possible! Imagine less pain, more energy, and being able to get back to the things you love, at work and beyond.

Don’t let joint issues hold you back. Schedule an appointment with Metairie Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today. It’s the first step to feeling better and protecting your future. (504) 541-5800