A 99-Year-Old Woman with Knee Pain Treats with Dr. Lox
You’re Never Too Old to Improve or Reach Your Goals
When you are 99 going on 100 with knee pain and a variety of other aches, pains, and symptoms, the most important thing is your mind.
People from all around the world have asked me for advice. I’ve been asked: What are you going to do to help that elderly patient?
The somewhat negative implication is that they are too old to help. Some have good intentions, but just a lack of understanding.
Increasing age does not define a person. It often makes them more interesting to help and strengthens my resolve to help them.
No matter what age you are, goals are important. The same is true for a 99-year-old woman with knee pain.
If the patient researches you, their mind is sharp. If they want to stay functional and achieve their goals, it is worthwhile to try and assist.
Morphological Versus Chronologic Age
My father has often quipped to me, have I looked at my driver’s license lately?
I just reply, why? I know the meaning, but I understand my double entendre. Meaning that people age at different rates. Remember those in high school who were shaving, or looked old enough to not get carded? Then there were those with baby faces, that persisted in their 20’s. Many aged quicker in their 30’s and 40’s. Some remained extremely youthful at those ages. This continues for some throughout life.
The driver’s license and birth certificate, merely reflect your chronological age. Important milestones at 16, 18 and 21. After that, some people don’t want to talk age as the number increases.
Morphological age refers to how the body looks. Do you look as though you age slowly, or more advanced for your age? This is due to genetics.
Then there are epigenetic factors, which can age you.
Epigenetic refers to environmental factors which affect the genes and can age you at a faster rate.
We have heard the saying rode hard and put up wet. Life in the fast lane.
Smoking and excessive partying can also age you along with poor sleep, poor diet, excess weight, and diseases. Cancer treatments, radiation and chemotherapeutic drugs, are another form of epigenetic alteration. These cancer treatments may be life-saving, but harsh on the body.
Thus those with longevity genes have advantages.
Those in their 90’s with family members who lived to be over 100 years of age have great reason to help address quality of life issues, from an experienced and caring physician.
Diet & Exercise is Still Diet & Exercise, Just Individualized
No matter if you are 39 or 99 years old, diet and exercise may still be important.
Diet remains good sound nutrition, and most people are not adhering to proper diet and nutrition age is irrespective. Most Americans gain 10 pounds per decade. Not an impressive statistic to brag about.
This particular 99-year-old woman with knee pain was overweight for her age. Not a frail older women one thinks of at 90 plus years. Knee pain and degenerative née arthritis is compounded by extra weight. She had some good notions of nutrition and bad. I merely helped tip the scales too much better nutrition, with some modifications. Her mind was extremely sharp, and she was motivated to get better.
Especially after understanding how her weight gain over the years was detrimental to her success.
A comprehensive Regenerative and Rehabilitation program, tailored to her individual needs was designed.
About Dennis M. Lox, M.D.
Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.