Baby Boomers and Orthopedic Health Conditions

Orthopedic HealthThe iconic generation known as “baby boomers,” consisting of individuals born between 1946 and 1964, makes up an astonishing 25 percent of the U.S. population. This group as a whole has changed the landscape of society by being more successful, affluent and active than its predecessors.

In 2011, the first wave of baby boomers celebrated their 65th birthday. As the generation continues to move into their senior years, there has been a corresponding increase in demand for orthopedic health care. Here are some of the issues that have become major concerns.

Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects more than 20 percent of Americans, making it the nation’s most common disability. Osteoarthritis can be a result of the natural aging process, but the active lifestyle of baby boomers puts additional strain on joints, adding to the likelihood of joint degeneration. Many individuals are unwilling to give up their regular activities, causing them to seek effective methods of treatment and pain control.

Knee and hip replacement

While their parents and grandparents were often resigned to using canes and walkers to supplement declining mobility, baby boomers are not willing to make that concession. Major advancements in joint replacement surgery have made it a desirable alternative for baby boomers who want to stay active and fit.

Sports injuries

An appropriate level of exercise in beneficial in maintaining good orthopedic health, but baby boomers are often reluctant to draw the line. Some may actually increase their level of activity in an effort to ward off the effects of aging. Others choose to ignore the need to modify their routines to adapt to their changing durability. The result is an increase in tendonitis, stress fractures, sprains and strains, joint dislocations and other sports injuries.

Baby boomers enjoy a longer life expectancy than their ancestors, making quality of life an ongoing concern. An orthopedic surgeon can can treat any existing conditions and assist in creating a plan to maintain good orthopedic health.

 

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