Looking after our joints
Looking after our joints is important so we have asked Mr Kordas, an Orthopaedic Consultant at Horton Treatment Centre to give us his top tips for staying healthy this Summer.
Maintain a healthy weight
Keeping your weight within the normal range is the best thing you can do for your joints. Weight-bearing joints, such as your hips, knees, and ankles, have to carry the weight of your body. The more you weigh the more wear and tear you put on your joints.
Eating well helps you maintain your weight and gives you the nutrients your muscles, bones and joints need. Enough calcium is important for bone health.
Mind your posture
Good posture helps your joints and muscles work harmoniously and efficiently together preventing overuse and fatigue pain and is vital when lifting and carrying. If you have a desk job don’t remain glued to a chair in the same position all day long, change positions and take frequent breaks.
Exercise can help you lose extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight. If your joints ache, opt for exercises that won’t give your joints extra impact. Instead of running for example, try low-impact exercises such as swimming of cycling.
Strong muscles support joints. Strengthening exercises help build muscle and keep your muscles strong. You can get advice on exercise from your local gym or a physiotherapist.
Know Your Limits
Joints are designed to do a certain amount of physical work. Some people get carried away with sport and exercise pushing the limits too far which may result in joint damage and injury. Listen to your body, and learn the difference between pain signalling overuse or injury and less unpleasant tightness in the muscles.
If you have ongoing joint pain which does not settle down after a few weeks on rest, icing and oral anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen, you should consider talking to your GP or an Orthopaedic surgeon to find out if you need further treatment.
Horton Treatment Centre is a purpose built Orthopaedic Hospital in Banbury that offers a wide range of treatment for joint aches and pains.
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