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I have always believed and written that wellness is not merely a physical state, but also a state of mind. Equally significant and relevant is the fact, that the mind needs to be aware and thus understand the various signs that our body keeps giving us. Joint pain is one such sign where the body tries to indicate probably something serious.

I have often seen that we tend to ignore creaky/achy joints, or a sharp shooting pain in the shoulders, at times even knee pain…as we choose over the counter medication to get some relief. To understand the severity of such instances of pain, I spoke to Dr. Manjunath, Specialist Orthopedic, Aster Clinics and Hospitals, who says that joint pains can be due to infection, trauma, tumors and various other reasons and therefore should never be ignored.

Joint pain can be of various types. Just to emphasize on the prevalence of joint pain, let me quote some statistics of the Emirates Arthritis Foundation that states that 20% of UAE’s population suffers from a form of arthritis; and for this Dr. Manjunath suggests diagnostic procedures, followed by conservative management to seek relief from joint pain.

However, in today’s fast moving world, the joint pain seems to be unavoidable as we grow old, especially the hip joint and the knees that are the most affected parts owing to body weight. However, to everybody’s relief, Dr. Manjuanth says that hip and knee replacement surgeries have become fairly simpler, less painful, and far more effective, thanks to rapid progress in medical science. Not just that, medical insurance ensures that such surgical procedures do not burn a hole in your pocket.

As much as I wish great health for everyone, I also believe that we need to be aware of what can go wrong and be prepared for such situations. If you are suffering from any kind of joint pain, do write in and let me and my viewers know about how you deal with it. The more we share such knowledge, the more we care about the world. Please remember, the next time you experience a creaky joint, don’t just resort to an over the counter medication – an expert advice will do no harm.

Love and Health,

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