Daily Life with Knee and Hip Concerns
Annotation:American Pain Foundation - Since there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, this condition is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Practical advice for feeling better and avoiding flare-ups of pain are provided in this article.
Annotation:The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center - Even small amounts of weight loss reduce the chance of developing osteoarthritis in the knee, while for those who already have arthritis, weight loss reduces pain in the joints. This discussion is written for the physician, but includes much useful information for the arthritis patient.
Annotation:The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center - Exercise is an important part of the treatment for arthritis and this encouraging article discusses how to overcome common barriers to physical activity in the arthritis patient.
Annotation:REI - Trekking poles can reduce force for those with weak or damaged knees. This is a good discussion of points to consider when purchasing this assistive equipment.
Annotation:OrthoInfo, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Safety tips for exercising without injury.
Annotation:OrthoInfo, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Summarizes the reasons to exercise even if your knee hurts, and provides descriptions and graphics on some simple strengthening and stretching exercises
Annotation:American Academy of Family Physicians - This is a good discussion of the types and effectiveness of knee braces and notes that they are the least important part of preventing knee injuries or getting better after an injury. Stretching, strengthening and technique improvement are much more important.
Annotation:MedlinePlus and A.D.A.M. - Included in this discussion are excellent tips on how to prepare your home for recovery from surgery and how to avoid falls.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - This discussion focuses on the types of conditions that cause knee pain, risk factors and how to prepare for a medical appointment to discuss symptoms.
Annotation:OrthoInfo, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - The risk of hip fracture increases with age with serious consequences. This article discusses risk factors, preventive measures, and how to make the home safer.
Annotation:OrthoInfo, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Suggestions for exercises to restore your normal hip motion and strength and a gradual return to everyday activities after hip surgery.
Annotation:National Institutes of Health - This is a wonderful article that explains the stages patients experience after a diagnosis of chronic illness, followed by practical strategies for coping with the realities of a new “normal.”
Annotation:American Pain Foundation - Tips on planning and packing for travel, useful for anyone with a chronic pain problem.
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