Taking Care of Joints

by Jsantos, October 25, 2012

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Joints make it possible to move around comfortably and perform our everyday tasks. Therefore, ensuring our joints are taken care of is not something we should ignore. Joint care involves, among other things, making sure bones are strong and ligaments are stable as well.

Below are useful tips on how to take care of your joints:

  • Posture

Having a good posture has great benefits to your joints. This is because it affects many parts of your body such as your back, neck, knees and hips. Always ensure that you take some time off to move around. Also make certain that your back is always straight with that your feet supporting your knees and thighs at all times. If your feet do not touch the ground, look for a shorter chair.

  • Weight Support

Our bones and joints support our weight and this weight sometimes takes a toll on the body, especially if excessive. This is why most overweight people tend to have problems with their knees. You can reduce your chances of knee injury by losing weight since this reduces the amount of pressure the joints bear. Research tells us that as little as an extra pound brings about four times more pressure on your knees. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on your weight as this also reduces your chances of developing arthritis.

  • Muscle Support

Working out is a great way to keep your joints flexible and maintain an ideal weight. People who sit still all day have a higher risk of developing joint problems and pain. You should

try to engage in light workout regimes such as light cycling, swimming and aerobics.

If you are involved in sports, then joint injuries are possible. However, you can protect your joints by stretching, warming them up and knowing your limits. When it comes to dealing with injuries, seek medical advice from a sports medicine doctor.

Surgeon’s Advice | Leon Mead MD Orthopedic Doctor | 730 Goodlette Road North, Suite 201  Naples Florida 34102 | Phone: (239) 262-1119


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