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Keeping Your Joints Young

Do you suffer from knee or hip pain? Have you ever been told you have arthritis? If you answered yes to either questions, you can benefit from a joint preservation class.

Do you suffer from knee or hip pain? Have you ever been told you have arthritis?

If you answered yes to either questions, you can benefit from a joint preservation class.

Michael Callan, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital says these classes can teach you the skills you need to slow the progression of osteoarthritis and learn how to lessen pain while still maintaining an active life.

By properly protecting joints, you reduce stress and decrease pain.

Dr. Callan offers a few tips for you to get started on getting your joint pain under control:

  • Listen to your body. If you’re experiencing pain after exercising or activity, you may have done too much. If the pain after activity last more than a couple hours, you may want to consider cutting back next time.

  • Maintain an ideal body weight. Extra weight adds stress to your joints. You’ll protect your joints by keeping a healthy weight.

  • Ask your doctor about nonsurgical options. You have options when it comes to dealing with your joint pain. Maybe physical therapy or specialized exercises can work for you. Talk with your doctor or attend one of our Joint Preservation classes to learn about your options.

For more information and options about how to deal with your joint pain, check out Henry Ford’s Joint Preservation classes at http://www.henryfordwyandotte.com/joints.

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