When we think of an orthopedic problem we typically think of knee pain or lower back pain. However, anything that has to do with muscles, ligaments, and your joints is considered orthopedic. That means that whenever you have an ailment that causes pain in one of these areas then you simply have an orthopedic problem.
However, when you think of all of the parts of your body that make up this category then you realize how common orthopedic problems are. In fact, according to the CDC, 50% of people will be affected by an orthopedic condition in their lifetime.
What are the most common types of orthopedic problems?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that is experienced mostly by middle-aged to older adults. As you age you slowly wear down the cartilage in your joints. This cartilage protects your bones from rubbing together and when they do you experience symptoms of osteoarthritis such as:
- Limited mobility
- Limited use of the joint
Also, you can experience osteoarthritis in almost every joint in the body. However, symptoms are much more common in the knees, hips, shoulders and lower back.
2) Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes severe inflammation of the joints. Just like osteoarthritis, the pain and swelling can become so severe that you may begin to experience limited mobility. What’s the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?
As mentioned before overusing your joints and wearing away your cartilage cause Osteoarthritis. However, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. If you have this disease it’s because your bodies own immune system is attacking its own healthy tissue and cells.
3) Knee Pain
The majority of the knee pain that is experienced by most people is a result of overuse and wear and tear. For example, you were an athlete and you overused your knees and now you have knee pain. You are overweight and you have been putting extra stress on your knees for years and now you are in pain. Perhaps you have always been healthy, but you are getting up there in age and now you have knee pain.
We use our knees each and every day. It’s no wonder why 60% of people will experience joint pain in their lives.
4) Lower Back pain
Just like your knees, your lower back is an extremely common area to experience pain. Since your lower back is responsible for holding up a significant amount of weight, that means you’re putting a significant amount of stress on the area.
Since you are putting stress on your lower back you’re overusing and wearing away the cartilage in your vertebrae at the faster rate than the cartilage in your fingers.
5) Neck Pain
Just like the lower back, your neck is a very problematic area. Your neck consists of tiny bones and muscles that hold up a relatively heavy object, your head. Years of holding up your head and poor posture have been wearing away the cartilage in your vertebrae and now you’re starting to feel the pain. Overall 25% of Americans report experiencing neck pain in their lives.