Recognizing Common Injuries in Older Adults and When to Seek Help

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April 30, 2024

As we age, our bodies naturally change. We may experience decreased flexibility, muscle mass, and bone density, making us more susceptible to injuries. While staying active is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being, it’s important to be aware of common injuries that can occur in older adults and know when to seek professional help.

Common Injuries in Older Adults:

  • Fractures: Falls are a leading cause of injury in older adults, often resulting in fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine. These injuries can be debilitating and require immediate medical attention.
  • Osteoarthritis: This degenerative joint disease causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. It is a common condition in older adults and can affect mobility and quality of life.
  • Muscle strains and sprains: These injuries can occur due to overuse, falls, or sudden movements. They can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected area.
  • Tendonitis: This inflammation of the tendons, the tissues that connect muscles to bones, can be caused by repetitive motions or overuse. It often affects the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and knees.
  • Bursitis: Similar to tendonitis, bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa, fluid-filled sacs that cushion joints. It can cause pain and swelling in the affected area.

When to See an Orthopedics Doctor:
If you experience any of the following symptoms after an injury, it’s important to see an orthopedics doctor:

  • Severe pain that doesn’t improve with rest or over-the-counter pain medication
  • Swelling or bruising that doesn’t go away
  • Deformity or inability to move the injured area
  • Numbness or tingling in the injured area
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight on the injured leg

CHI St. Joseph’s Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is here for you. Our team of experienced orthopedics doctors is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for older adults with musculoskeletal injuries. We offer a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options, including:

  • Non-surgical treatments: Physical therapy, medication, injections, and bracing.
  • Minimally invasive surgery: Arthroscopy, joint replacement, and fracture repair.
  • Rehabilitation services: Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and pain management.

Don’t let an injury slow you down. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, contact CHI St. Joseph’s Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today to schedule an appointment with an orthopedics doctor. We offer SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS and are here to address your urgent needs with same-day urgent calls.

Call CHI St. Joseph’s Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at 218-616-3700 or visit our website at to learn more.

About CHI St. Joseph’s Health

CHI St. Joseph’s Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving communities in Hubbard, Becker, Cass and Wadena Counties since 1946. In recent years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health’s award-winning teams received several national honors including: The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in surgery; Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, HealthStrong; WomenCertified’s America’s Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award in obstetrics; and the Studer Group Fire Starter Healthcare Organization of the Month among other national, regional and state recognitions.

About CHI

Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, was formed in 1996 to strengthen the Catholic health ministry for the future. With deep roots in the tradition of expressing Christ’s love by caring for those in need, Catholic Health Initiatives serves more than four million people each year through acute care hospitals; long-term care, assisted and residential-living facilities; community-based health services; home care; research and development; and reference laboratory services.


Contact: Sonja Day
Communication/Marketing Manager
CHI St. Joseph’s Health
600 Pleasant Avenue
Park Rapids, MN  56470