Reduce Pain and Save $$$ By Taking Care of Your Joints
Posted Apr 24 2010 5:16am
Finding a solution to our “Health care Crisis” must be based on true prevention. I’m not talking about disease screening which Western Medicine and insurance companies call “preventive care”. I’m talking about changing our habits and behaviors to promote wellness.
Lesley Alderman’s article in yesterday’s NY Times talks about our joints. Dr. Patience White of the Arthritis Foundation is quoted as saying “Arthritis used to show up in people during their late 40’s and 50’s, now we’re seeing it earlier like in the 30’s and 40’s” Our population is aging; more people are obese; more people are playing serious sports. These all put more wear and tear on our joints.”
In addition to the pain of arthritis, the pain after joint replacement surgery, and the lost days of work, the related medical costs are significant. The bill for a hip or knee replacement is roughly $30,000 to $40,000. In 2007, our nation’s bill for hip replacements was $19 billion and for knee replacements was $26 billion.
Think about this. Would you spend your own money on a new knee or can you think of something you’d rather spend that money on? The truth is, health care is paid for by our taxes or our insurance premiums, our money.