Since orthopedic treatments are intended specifically to help reduce the joint pain that keeps many men and women from pursuing the healthier, more active lifestyle they’d prefer, it’s not uncommon for patients to wonder how their daily routine could impact their results. Here’s a closer look at the connection between activity level and joint health.
Activity vs. Rest
The level of activity you’re able to enjoy after your orthopedic procedure is entirely dependent on the type of procedure you underwent. A complex surgical treatment, such as joint replacement, will have a much steeper healing curve compared to a nonsurgical alternative for treating joint pain like viscosupplementation or stem cell therapy.
However, even after surgery, it’s not a good idea to stay completely inactive during the recovery period. Mild motion helps improve blood circulation and prevent blood clots, and fluid lubrication is also increased by regular movement. Staying active is also helpful for preventing loss of muscle strength as you recover.
Your desired level of activity is one of the factors I take into consideration when deciding which treatment approach might work best for you. Understandably, most patients prefer procedures that deliver effective results combined with a minimal downtime so they can get back in the game sooner.
However, even if I do recommend surgery, it’s important to avoid a sedentary lifestyle as far as joint health is concerned. Instead, take advantage of the reduction in inflammation and improvement in your joint mobility to enjoy a physically active lifestyle again… just as long as you give your body the time it needs to completely recover from your surgery or other treatment first.