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How an Orthopedic Issue Impacts Quality of Life

Those who suffer from orthopedic issues tend to experience a decrease in their quality of life. Often times, this impact has devastating consequences that prevent them from participating in a variety of activities. Some of these consequences include: the inability for an orthopedic patient to maintain a healthy weight, dependence on medication, and an increased risk of injury during their daily life. To prevent these consequences from impacting you, it is essential to know the warning signs that indicate you need to seek treatment.

Inability to Maintain a Healthy Weight

The majority of those who suffer from chronic joint pain are overweight. This is due to the fact that they are unable to lead an active and healthy life. For those who suffer from joint issues, the pain may be debilitating and prevents them from being able to move the muscle freely. Further, it impacts a healthy lifestyle as the individual will not be able to exercise or participate in outings. This can result in weight gain and a difficulty to lose the excess. Plus, when patients begin to gain weight it can have an increase on the impact on their joints, as it will inflame the muscle with pressure. To prevent this from happening, it is vital to seek the help of a professional at the onset of pain.

Unable to Maintain Strength

Seeing as a sore muscle will prevent the patient from being able to freely move, patients who suffer from joint pain notice a loss of strength in the surrounding muscles. This is due to the fact that the muscle will begin to deteriorate given how little it is being used. Over time, this can prove to be detrimental because it will increase the pain that is felt when the joint is moved. The surrounding muscles help to relieve the joint pressure on the joint. Without strong muscles, the impacts of joint pain will be significant and can prevent the individual from healing.

Reliance on Medication

If you suffer from chronic joint pain, medication for the issue will not be able to correct the problem. For this reason, medication should only be used as a treatment for the immediate impacts of pain. Relying on the medication to treat long term pain issues can result in a dependency on the medication and a further impact on health. To prevent this from happening, it is recommended that patients who are taking medicine frequently seek the help of a professional for a treatment method that can detect and resolve the pain.

Seeking Help

At OSI, we’re here to help when you need us. Call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. OSI is the area’s trusted leader in orthopedic care.

The OSI flagship location in Appleton includes clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries – everything you need for comprehensive orthopedic care, all under one roof. Additionally, OSI has outreach clinics to serve you in Green Bay, New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location at 600 N. Koeller Street in Oshkosh.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.