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Reclaiming Active Lifestyle after 50: Overcoming Joint Pain with Expert Care

Updated: Jun 2, 2023


Reclaiming Active Lifestyle after 50: Overcoming Joint Pain with Expert Care

Robert Shelley, MD - TOTAL JOINT, Optim Orthopedics


Dr. Shelley is accepting new patients at his Optim Orthopedic clinic locations in Savannah, Rincon, Pooler and Hinesville. Call 912-644-5300 to schedule an appointment

In the insightful words of Robert Shelley, MD, Total Joint Surgeon with Optim Orthopedics, "Age should never be a barrier to experiencing a fulfilling, active life. Life after 50 can and should be a period of activity, adventure, and realization of your dreams."


The reality for many people, however, is that age is often accompanied by physical challenges. Particularly for those who have spent their working lives in demanding jobs, the toll on the body can be significant. Industries like construction, healthcare, manufacturing, or any job involving repetitive movement or physical strain can have long-term consequences on our bodies, particularly our joints.


One common ailment that impacts many individuals who are 50 years or older is debilitating hip pain. This discomfort often manifests in the groin and thigh area and is most noticeable when rising from a seated position, putting on socks or shoes, or getting in and out of a car. For many, this pain becomes a constant companion, severely impacting their quality of life and casting a dark shadow over the joy and freedom they anticipated in their retirement.


You have spent decades dedicating yourself to your work, making sacrifices, and quite often, your body has borne the brunt of these sacrifices. But Dr. Shelley firmly believes that you shouldn't have to live in pain or fear that your active lifestyle has to be cut short because of these physical challenges.


While the prospect of hip surgery can often be intimidating, it's crucial to remember that medical advancements and the growing expertise of physicians have made these procedures safer and more efficient than ever before. Dr. Shelley stresses the importance of consulting fellowship-trained physicians who have a wealth of experience in their field. Building trust with your doctor can transform your path to recovery and help you regain the active lifestyle that you cherish.


"Surgery should always be the last option," says Dr. Shelley, underscoring the myriad of non-surgical therapies and treatments that can alleviate pain and enhance functionality.

However, if a total hip replacement becomes necessary, the evolution in medical technology means that patients can often return home on the same or the following day after surgery, and start walking immediately. The goal is to have patients return to their normal lives within three months, barely remembering they had the surgery.


As you move into your golden years, it's time to prioritize your health and well-being. You've worked hard and made sacrifices, and you deserve to enjoy your retirement free from pain. If you're grappling with joint pain that's impinging on your quality of life, reach out to Dr. Robert Shelley, MD, Total Joint specialist with Optim Orthopedics. Take the first step towards reclaiming your active lifestyle, and experience the vibrant, fulfilling life you've envisioned for your later years. Don't let fear or misconceptions hold you back - reach out today for a pain-free future.

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