The number of necessary hip and knee replacements needed between 2000-2010 will double by the end of the present decade, and studies predict the number will double again by 2030. But how do women know if a dull ache in the knees or a lingering pain in the lower back are symptoms of joint strain? And what can women do to help keep knees healthy?
"Women are burning the candle at both ends these days, and we want to stay active and healthy. There are a lot of demands on our time and energy. When you have (joint) pain, that zaps the strength and energy and the ability to stay mobile and get around with joint pain is limits you from walking distances and makes it hard to go to the grocery store, run errands, go shopping, and all the things that are important in edition to taking care of the family and working," says Kristie Dennett, an Orthopaedic Service Line Coordinator Kristie Dennett of Holland Hospital.
Women are especially prone to knee problems because of the "Q Angle," or the alignment of the knee, hip, and pelvis. More women than men suffer from knee joint pain, Kristie says, which is why the knee should be protected early-on. Other common areas that give women joint trouble are the shoulders and feet–women put extra strain on foot joints because of ill-supporting footwear, although heels do make a girl's feet look good, Kristie says.