How to avoid knee replacements

How to avoid knee replacementsKnee replacement surgeries have increased by 100 percent in the past 10 years, and are only expected to increase dramatically as the massive baby boomer generation continues to age. However, there are ways to avoid these extensive and expensive surgeries, according to the Tuscon Citizen.

"Total knee replacement is an epidemic in our country," Marje Albohm, president of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, told the news source. "That circles back to the American way. Fix it. Give me an operation."

Losing weight, exercising and increasing muscle mass are a few ways that people can lower the risk of needing a knee replacement. Shedding those unwanted pounds can reduce the weight put on knees and by building muscle, seniors are able to support any damaged joints, the media outlet reports.

The boomers who are looking to continue their active lifestyle once they reach retirement may want to participate in some of these activities, especially because falling risks increase with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of people over the age of 65 fall each year.