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Low Impact Exercise for Your Joints

Exercise can help you improve your health and fitness without hurting your joints.

The joints in your body are involved in every activity that you do. Simple movements such as walking, bending, and turning require the use of hip and knee joints and normally all of these joints work together and move without pain.

From strength training to jogging to aerobic classes (and let’s not forget the plain old swim), aquatic exercises allow you to keep doing many of the exercises you love, while taking a load off your joints.

The importance of exercise and diet to your orthopedic health

The connection between exercise and joint health is highly significant, especially as we get older. Many of these age-related changes to joints are caused by lack of exercise. Movement of the joint, and the associated ‘stress’ of movement, helps keep the fluid moving. Being inactive causes the cartilage to shrink and stiffen, reducing joint mobility.

Turn off the tube. Television not only keeps you sedentary, which slows your metabolism, it also makes you prone to overeating. Read a good book instead, or better yet, pop on those cross trainers and hit the road. 

Tips to elude joint strain

Even more things you can do to relieve joint strain

Handling heavy loads. To make heavy loads easier to handle, use your largest, strongest joints and muscles to take stress off smaller hand joints and to spread the load over large surface areas. When you lift or carry items, use the palms of both hands or use your arms instead of your hands. Hold items close to your body, which is less stressful for your joints. For joint safety, slide objects whenever possible rather than lift them.

Sports Injuries

 

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:42 / By Omni Orthopaedics Staff
Common Sports Injuries

There are millions of people participating in amateur and professional
sports every single year and an injury, no matter how minor or major,
could cause a huge disappointment to the injured party and coaches.
There may be pressure to continue playing that could lead to an
additional injury with long-term or even life-term effects. These
injuries could cause major problems that require surgery and may lead to
arthritis.

Making Exercise Easier On Your Joints

Brace yourself. Elbow, wrist and joint braces, or guards, not only prevent injury but also reduce the load on joints. Ask your doctor if braces may alleviate some of your joint stress and, who knows, perhaps improve your game.

 

Don't stomp your feet. Research shows pounding exercises like kickboxing, step aerobics and more can be tough on joints. Switch to low-impact activities like biking and swimming that offer the same calorie-burning benefits without the painful pounding.

Kicking the habit for better orthopedic health

 People who smoke have a greater risk of fracture than nonsmokers. In fact, smoking can reduce bone mass, which can lead to osteoporosis. Kick the habit to keep your body strong and healthy. Plus, just think of all the money you'll save by going smoke-free.

Fess up. Be sure to tell your doctor about medications you are taking, both prescription and over the counter. Don't forget to mention any nutritional supplements you're taking, too. All medications – even natural ones – have the potential to cause side effects or to react adversely with each other.

Exercise and orthopedic health

Take a hike. Choose your favorite spots and walk them at least once a week. Hiking burns calories, strengthens muscles and builds denser bones, while providing interesting scenery and a chance to get in touch with Mother Nature.

Supplements for healthy joints

 Glucosamine, a supplement made from the shells of crab, lobster and shrimp, has been shown to ease joint pain and stiffness, particularly in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Some studies suggest that it may contribute to cartilage repair.