A new survey that says joint discomfort and ailments affect not only older baby boomers, but younger adults as well. Joining us today from New York City is Dr. Ron Noy, one of the most highly regarded orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists in the country. He has taken care of numerous professional athletes and is currently PGA Tour doctor. Dr. Noy will tell us how to enjoy your summertime active lifestyle without encountering joint issues.
NEW SURVEY REVEALS JOINT CONCERNS DO NOT DISCRIMINATE AGE:
Joint Issues Affect Both Younger Gen-X and Older Baby Boomers Alike
Ron Noy, MD, Sports Medicine Specialist and PGA Tour Doctor
Gives Advice to Enjoying an Active Summer Lifestyle
WHAT: The summer months ahead are prime time for serious athletes, weekend warriors, and fair weather golfers and tennis players alike. Joint issues are a nuisance that affect not only the elderly but a striking 67 percent of Americans age 34+. A new survey of Americans age 34+ shows that almost an equal percentage of Gen-X and Boomers experience occasional stiffness and other related factors that affect the joints – 66 % and 67 %, respectively. The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research for Osteo Bi-Flex®, the leader in branded joint care supplements.
“Joint concerns may occur as we age, but the survey shows that many of us, even below the age of 50, can experience occasional joint stiffness,” said Ron Noy, MD, a board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Prestige Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in New York City.
More than three-quarters of Gen-X respondents (79%) said they are concerned about joint health and that joint issues have considerable impact on people’s lives. Talk to Dr. Ron Noy about:
• What causes joint stiffness and how to comfort joints
• How sports and activity –running, golfing, exercising, etc., may or may not worsen the condition
• Concerns for younger populations who experience joint issues
• What adults in diverse age categories can do to promote joint health and soothe overworked joints
• When to see a doctor and where to get further information
More survey results:
• Gen-Xers said they are concerned about developing joint issues due to excessive activity (62 %).
• More than half of those who experience suboptimal joint comfort said it has prevented them from enjoying something fully (57%) – including exercising regularly (38 %), going on walks (27 %), playing with their kids or grandkids (15 %) and sex (12 %).
• Some said they’re not in shape because of joint concerns (31%); 15 % said they’re unhappy; 13 % said they socialize less; and 13 % report traveling less. Despite this, 40% of Americans said their bodies can “fight” or power through their joint concerns.
• More than half of runners frequently have to cut a run short because of joint concerns. (52 %)
• When asked what items they think is the most important piece of equipment they need for running, their joints ran a distant second after sneakers (36% and 43%, respectively).
About the Survey
The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 500 US adults ages 50-68 (Boomers) and 500 US adults ages 34-49 (Gen X) between April 29th and May 7th, 2014, using an email invitation and an online survey.
Sponsor of this satellite interview is Osteo Bi-Flex.
About Dr. Ron Noy:
Dr. Ron Noy is one of the most highly regarded orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists in the country. Over the years he has taken care of numerous professional athletes including members of the Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders, Colts, PGA, LPGA, AVP (pro beach volleyball) to name just a few. He has served as the head team physician to many school teams, covered the 2004 Olympics in Athens (basketball and gymnastics), NYC Marathon, Nike Women’s Marathon, Rock and Roll Marathons, martial arts championships, Golden Glove boxing, British Open, US Open, and many other tournaments and events. He founded an organization to help athletes and artists without insurance to get urgent healthcare. He is currently one of the national spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is often interviewed and quoted on sports related topics in the news. He has a strong following in the art world, taking care of many artists, musicians and actors.