When did walking around the block start to wear you out?
Was it always this painful to bend down to tie your shoes? Once simple tasks can become daily challenges for people living with arthritis and joint pain. Addressing joint pain head-on this May for National Arthritis Month can help Portlanders get back to doing the things they love.
Approximately 760,000 Oregonians suffer from arthritis, which serves as a painful, daily reminder that their joints just aren’t as good as they used to be. In Multnomah County, 24 percent of adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.
Dr. Christopher Estes, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacements at Adventist Health’s Aspire Orthopedic Institute in southeast Portland, recommends alleviating joint and arthritis pain through non-surgical methods first, by focusing on lifestyle improvements.