When you’re young, you don’t necessarily think about the distant future – a future, in which your body may not be as fit and healthy as it is now. We often don’t realize that the health problems that occur later in life are caused by a lifetime of neglect. Neglect to take care of yourself. Neglect to see your doctors a soon as you notice the first symptoms. Neglect to predict how the way you live your life will influence your health and body in the future. People tend to just ‘live for the moment’ and not see the possible outcomes of their actions.
It is especially dangerous as far as the health is concerned. Whenever we see a person with severe health problems, we often assume that ‘this can never happen to me’. But for many people it can, and it actually does. We need to finally realize that our future health and well-being is not a matter of luck but rather something we can actively take care of here and now. With most illnesses, it’s similar to being overweight; it doesn’t just happen overnight – you have to work on it for a long period of time. The same goes for cancer, diabetes and many others (of course it can happen to anyone, but it’s also undeniable that smoking increases the risk of lung cancer by 25%, high sugar intake can cause diabetes, and so on)!
One of the last things we see coming is the problems with our knees. But as soon as you start to experience pain in their knees, it affects you in many ways. Aching knees prevent people from performing their normal everyday activities, sometimes even including getting out of the bed in the morning. If you have an active lifestyle, knee-related issues can force you to give up many things. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
The first thing you have to realize is that you are responsible for your own health. The things you do today will affect your health tomorrow. That being said, be careful with the way you treat your knees – run with proper shoes, don’t over-exercise, and always remember to warmup, keep your weight in check – these are just a few helpful tips that should give you a general picture. And whatever you do, always remember this simple truth – do something today that your future self will thank you for.
And – despite all good intentions – if you end up with arthritic knees or other knee-related problems – Orthopaedic Surgery Associates’ team of orthopedic surgeons in Palm Beach County are available to treat your symptoms. There are both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. If your knee is “bone on bone” then you may be a suitable candidate for a partial or total knee replacement. OSA has the following doctors who are experienced in treating orthopedic knee conditions in Palm Beach County:
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