Video: Is Arthritis Pain an Inevitable Part of Aging?

Video presented by Grant Cooper, MD

This video accompanies the article: Understanding Joint Pain


Video Transcript

Pain from arthritis is not an inevitable part of aging. As we all get old, there’s more likelihood to develop different problems: arthritic pain, heart disease, all sorts of things that may become more likely, but in no way inevitable.

In the same way we wouldn’t accept that just because we get a little older, we may have cholesterol in our arteries and plaques: "Well, what are you going to do? We’re just getting older." That would be ridiculous; we totally would not accept that. We would say, RDiet, nutrition, Lipitor®, if the plaques get too bad you need to stent them." In the same way that we treat these other problems, pain from arthritis can be treated as well.

Essentially, pain is so common, and we’re all so used to people having pain and telling each other that, "yeah, it’s so hard, as we get older, and this and that." What we need to do is to change the mindset of how we look at the body as we get older and to recognize that if we do a good job of keeping our muscles strong and limber and help the muscles take the pressure off the joints and the back, then we can really do a lot to prevent these kinds of wear and tear types of changes as we get a little bit older. And when the pain does arise, and we do develop knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, back pain, et cetera, we have good treatments to be able to take away that pain, and then we need to get hooked back in with the right kinds of exercise and the best way to prevent that pain is to stay strong and stay flexible, and that’s how we stay healthy going in to the future.

Video presented by Grant Cooper, MD