International Women’s Day, celebrated today, is a time to reflect on how women have contributed to world culture, science, and politics. Today, like any day, it’s also good to consider the well-being of women, especially older women who may require more care. As women enter the menopausal stage, joint pain management becomes a greater concern.
Is there a connection between menopause and increased joint pain? As a woman reaches middle age, estrogen decreases. Because estrogen is anti-inflammatory, lower levels mean higher risk of discomfort and compromised mobility. Hormone therapy, as prescribed by a physician, can help with some issues, but specific lifestyle changes can also work with pain management needed later in life:
Low-impact exercises – Walking, yoga, swimming, and cycling can help keep the blood flowing and improve mobility and flexibility in older woman.
Drinking more water – Hydration can be an issue during menopause. As you lose fluids, you could risk stiffness in your hands, hips, and knees. Getting your eight glasses a day is essential not only to relieving pain, but improving your overall health.
Changes of habit – As you age, you’re not able to eat like you did as a teenager. Adding healthier foods to your plate and cutting back on sugary snacks and sweet beverages can help. If you smoke, it’s time to consider quitting.
At Bon Secours, we are dedicated to helping patients with joint pain find the right solutions. Whether it involves physical therapy, fitness or nutrition coaching, or minimally invasive surgery, our experts will listen and provide for your needs. Contact us today for more information.