As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear-and-tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.
Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.
Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury. Read More
For the average working American, it is common to sit a minimum of eight hours a day and a majority of that behind a computer. I frequently see patients with neck and back pain that are not related to a specific injury, but rather from spending many hours at their desk (which usually involves using a computer). Sitting for extended periods of time can lead to a variety of health issues, including fatigue, muscle and joint pain.
Do you spend a lot of time behind a desk? If so, make sure your chair and work station are set up to fit you properly and influence good posture. Here are a few tips to help get you started:
MONITOR POSITION: You should be able to sit straight in front of your computer and not have to turn from side to side to access it. The top half of the monitor should be in line with your eye height. Read More
During National Osteoporosis Month, it’s important to remember that bone health is very important. Whether you already have osteoporosis or want to stave it off, it’s crucial that you focus on the health of your bones as well as the rest of your body. If you are at risk for osteoporosis, getting a bone density test can help set you on the right path to prevention and maintenance.
Does my diet affect my bone health?
Yes! Your diet affects various aspects of your health, so it’s important to know what’s going into your body. You already know that you need calcium to have strong bones. However, you may not realize how this is impacted by vitamin D. Your body needs certain levels of vitamin D to absorb calcium. Without this combination, you are at a greater risk for bone loss and broken bones. You can get small amounts of this vitamin from things like fatty fish or fortified milk, and your skin makes it from the sun. Read More
Knee arthritis can make it painful to go up and down stairs. We have some suggestions to help you take the stairs with less pain.
Most teens and young adults don’t think twice about dashing up and down steps. As we age, however, our knee joints feel less invincible and more vulnerable and stairs may no longer be an effortless prospect. Climbing and descending stairs is particularly difficult for people with knee arthritis.
Arthritis causes degeneration of the cartilage that cushions the knee joint. Without protective cushioning, the act of climbing stairs becomes uncomfortable. Even when people have mild arthritis, it can be discouragingly painful to navigate stairs.
Most people with knee problems find descending stairs far more painful than climbing them. This is because going down the stairs puts significant force on the knee and the patello-femoral joint located beneath the kneecap. This force is intensified for people who have weak quadriceps or thigh muscles, because there’s no muscle to absorb the force of each step. The entire impact falls on the knee joint.
If you suffer from arthritis or other joint problems that make stairs a challenge, there are some steps you can take to improve your mobility on the stairs and decrease your pain. Read More