Orthopedic Problems

  • Lawrence A. Pottenger


Musculoskeletal problems are perceived by many people to be the first concrete signs of aging. The problems tend to be chronic in nature with little or no hope of complete return to the premorbid condition. While musculoskeletal pains are usually not severe, they make people feel tired, which is interpreted as feeling “old.” Increased pain with activity accentuates the feeling of aging by forcing people to accept more sedentary lifestyles. A patient typically complains that she feels like a “45-year-old woman in an 80-year-old body.” Depression, which is associated with all forms of chronic pain, can be particularly severe if the patient relates it to fundamental changes such as decreased mobility and growing old.


Rotator Cuff Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Biceps Tendon Freeze Shoulder Nerve Root Compression 
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