An Orthopedist’s Guide to Healthy Joints

Posted on October 12th, 2016 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

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As southern Connecticut’s largest and most experienced orthopedic practice, we know a thing or two about joints – like how arthritis and other conditions cause more than 3 million Americans to suffer from joint pain.

If you want to avoid becoming one of these people, it is essential that you take care of your body. Here is our expert advice on how to keep your joints healthy for life…

Stay Active

You know how important physical activity is. It’s good for virtually every part of your body, including your heart, muscles, bones, and yes, even your joints. The more you move on a daily basis, the less likely it is for your joints to stiffen up. For best results, opt for low-impact exercises such as swimming, cycling, and walking.

Keep Your Weight in Check

Many of us are aware of how excess weight can affect our cardiovascular and overall health, but it greatly impacts our bones and joints too. Every extra pound of weight that you gain can place four extra pounds of pressure on your knees and hips, which is why maintaining a healthy weight is so critical for the longevity of your joints.

Stretch the Right Way

Stretching three times per week is a great way to improve flexibility and range of motion, but only if it is done correctly. Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t stretch before exercising when the muscles are cold. Instead, stretch after a brief warmup, or wait until the end of your workout to help promote faster recovery.

Practice Good Posture

Your mother was right when she told you to sit up straight as a kid. Slouching places an immense amount of pressure on your back and neck, which can lead to serious problems down the road.

Consume the Proper Nutrients

Did you know a well-balanced diet can help prevent joint pain? Make sure to eat plenty of fish (omega-3 fatty acids), dairy products (calcium and vitamin D), and dark leafy greens (vitamin C) to help ward off joint pain.

If you suffer from joint pain, help is available from Orthopaedic Specialty Group. With four convenient locations throughout Fairfield County and two urgent care centers, we are there when you need us, where you need us. Call (203) 337-2600 to schedule an appointment or contact us online.