Protecting an active lifestyle. The 206 bones that make up our skeleton help form our shape and support our body weight. Bone is a living tissue that continues to grow throughout our lifetime. Joints occur where two bones meet, making the skeleton flexible: without them, movement would be impossible. We use our bones and joints every time we stand, sit, walk or perform any of our daily activities. When the ability to continue to do these things with ease and without pain is taken away, so is our mobility.
What Can Affect My Mobility?
There are a number of bone and joint disorders that can lead to your everyday tasks, favorite activities and a much loved sport becoming difficult, or even painful. These include Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) and fractures (bone breaks).There are many causes, known and unknown, for these potentially debilitating disorders. The good news is that there is much that can be done to help prevent, treat and manage all of them. It is never too late to improve your bone and joint health!
How Can I Protect an Active Lifestyle?
Partner with your doctor to customize a plan to stay on top of your bone and joint health. This plan may include both medical and non-medical preventative, treatment and management options. Your part is to lead a healthy lifestyle:
- Consume a healthy diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D.
- Exercise to build your strength and protect and increase your range of motion.
- Maintain a healthy weight to ease the stress placed on your weight-bearing joints.
- Make positive changes to your environment to best suite your own situation, which may include using ergonomic equipment or assist devices.
- Avoid habits like smoking and consuming too much alcohol, caffeine and soda, which all have negative effects on your bones, joints, and overall health.
Remember, with modern medicine’s knowledge and increasing options for continued bone and joint health, you never need to become a spectator in the game of life.
The following websites and recommended reading are excellent sources of health education information.