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Jacob Erickson, D.O., and Andrew Jagim, Ph.D., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Mayo Clinic DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I enjoy an active lifestyle, from gardening to playing golf, cross-country skiing and participating in water fitness. I also walk daily. My knees have begun to bother me, and I am noticing some other aches and pains. I don't want to have to cut back on the activities I love. What can I do to reduce joint issues and cope with joint pain? ANSWER: Joint pain affects people at all stages of life from student athletes to seniors. Pain can be a big barrier to not only maintaining a regular exercise program, but also getting started. Recognizing how important physical activity is in your life, I recommend these four strategies to help keep you active: Assess your current functional movement. A good first step, regardless of your activity level, is to set up an evaluation with your primary care provider, or see a sports medicine specialist who can assess your overall fitness level, general mobility, and if you have current injuries or pain. Either of these experts also may conduct a functional movement screening to evaluate how you move and pinpoint specific issues. For example, you may...

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By John Hood As North Carolina keeps growing, so will the need for our governments to ensure the adequate provision of an essential service: mobility. As they tackle the problem, policymakers need to keep two facts in mind. First, while the state legislature has enacted several necessary reforms of how we...

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