Tips to Improve your Orthopedic Health

Orthopedic HealthHundreds of millions of individuals around the world have a limited ability to perform daily activities due to orthopedic problems. As the number of people affected continues to increase, bone and joint conditions become some of the most common causes of long-term pain and physical disability. To avoid health issues in the future and improve your orthopedic health, follow these tips.

Nutrition

Calcium and Vitamin D work together to maintain bone health. Vitamin D helps your body effectively absorb Calcium, the mineral that builds and maintains bones. Since the body cannot create Calcium, it is important to eat foods that contain high amounts of this nutrient such as cheese, milk and spinach.

Exercise

Staying active can help maintain healthy bones and joints. However, it is important to avoid high-impact exercises as they can cause stress to your joints and lead to pain. Improve overall strength and resistance by walking, using hand-held weights and stretch bands. In addition, always perform a pre- and post-workout stretching session to build flexibility, improve balance and avoid injury.

Posture

Good posture helps maintain bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles can work properly. It also helps decrease abnormal wearing of joints, alleviate stress on ligaments, strengthen the spine, and prevent strain and backache.

Sleep Posture

When sleeping opt for a position that helps maintain the natural curvature of the spine. Such postures include laying on your back with a pillow under your knees and laying on your side with your knees slightly bent—fetal position.

In addition, always use a supportive pillow and try improving lower back support by using a lumbar roll when sleeping on your back.

Shoes

Shoes that are comfortable and supportive can help avoid cramping, deforming and pain. If symptoms persist, talk to your orthopedic doctor as it could become a more serious condition.

Don’t let orthopedic problems get in the way of your life! For more information on how to improve your orthopedic health or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 602-466-7378.

Comments

  1. I never considered how sleep posture could affect my orthopedic help. I sleep on my side, so I’ll make sure my knees are slightly bent in the fetal position like you mentioned. My family has a history of orthopedic problems and a need for orthopedic surgery, so I’m trying to stay healthy.

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