If you're one of the millions of people who suffer from joint pain, then you know how difficult it can be to get through each day. Even something as simple as taking a walk can be a challenge.
Of course, no one can predict when you might be bothered by arthritis or some other joint inflammation, but there are certainly some things you can do. With a few simple tips, you can take better care of your joints so you can maintain an active lifestyle.
Maintain a healthy weight
When you are overweight, it puts a great deal of strain on all your weight-bearing joints such as knees, ankles, back, and hips. Every extra pound of weight you carry adds an extra four pounds of weight to the weight-bearing joints in your body. By maintaining a healthy weight, you'll be able to reduce the stress level on all those weight-bearing joints. If you’re overweight now, losing even a few pounds can significantly lighten the load on your joints.
Keep a strong body
Maintaining strong muscles and bones will provide much more support and stability for the joints of your body. By adding some strength-training exercises to your daily routine, you'll be able to build muscle that will help keep your joints mobile and healthy. Your routine should include some core-strengthening exercises for your chest, back, and abdominal muscles. When you have a strong core, it can help you avoid falls, balance problems, and other accidents that will injure your joints. Engaging in exercises like running or walking will contribute tremendously to maintaining strong bones.
Maintain correct posture
Having proper posture can reduce a great deal of stress on joints and lower the likelihood of injury to neighboring muscles. This means you need to be mindful of your posture whenever you're performing repetitive motions like standing or sitting. You should also maintain good posture when you're lifting heavy objects, so you don't place undue strain on your back or other joints.
By maintaining an active lifestyle, you'll be able to reduce stiffness in your joints, and that means you need to move around frequently during the day while avoiding being stuck in one position for hours at a time. Engage in low-impact exercises such as cycling, swimming, walking, or stretching, and this will keep your joints limber and ready for anything.
Have a healthy diet
Making sure you have a healthy diet goes hand-in-hand with maintaining a healthy weight. You can build strong muscles by eating lean proteins, and your bones can be helped a great deal by consuming foods rich in vitamin D and calcium. Strong bones will lead to strong joints, and that will help you maintain your lifestyle indefinitely.
Contact Texas Orthobiologics for joint problems
If you currently have joint pain for which you haven’t been able to find relief, consider contacting Dr. Don Buford of Texas Orthobiologics to find out if regenerative medicine can help. As the leading regenerative medicine expert in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Buford is well-qualified to help relieve your pain and get you back on the path of a better, more pain-free life.