According to a new report sponsored by the AARP, seventy percent of adults over the age 50 report issues with joint pain. A poll of over two thousand older adults, conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, revealed that seven of every ten participants queried reported some type of pain or arthritis contributing to mobility problems and other limited activities.
Among the seventy percent who confirmed issues with joint pain, the survey also found that:
- Fifty-five percent said the pain was moderate to severe
- Forty-nine percent said they had issues performing certain activities due to their joint pain
- Forty-five percent reported experiencing pain on a daily basis
More women than men were shown to have reported joint pain, while more adults in an older age bracket, from aged 65 to 80) claimed joint pain than adults aged 50 to 64.
Click here to read the full report, “Arthritis and Joint Pain” (PDF)
With regards to attitudes toward joint pain, seventy-four percent of the polled claimed the belief that arthritis and joint pains are part of the normal aging process. Those who reported some type of pain, eight percent, said they felt they could manage their pain on their own. Of those taking charge of their pain management, the most common treatments included over the counter pain medicines (66%), supplements (26%), and steroid injections (19%).
You don’t have to suffer your joint pain alone.
Dealing with joint pain may seem like a lonely road to walk, but there is help for those who need it. The physicians and physical therapists at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists provide a wide continuum of care for joint pain patients. Whether you experience arthritis or joint pain as a result from an injury or illness, we offer minimally invasive treatments to help you return to an active lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more about what we provide.