October 12-20, 2015 is National Bone & Joint Health Awareness Week. Here at Accredited Home Care, we think it’s important to help people get informed.
6 Bone and Joint Health Facts
- More than half of adults in the U.S. suffer from some type of bone/joint condition (referred to as musculoskeletal disorders or MSD).
- The most common disabilities result from musculoskeletal problems (the most common being chronic pain, back pain, knee and hip pain).
- Arthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative spine diseases, and fibromyalgia are just a few of the common conditions that affect your bones and joints; often to the extent of being disabling.
- We are born with 300 bones, which will grow or fuse together to become 206 bones in the adult body.
- Your hands and feet contain more than half of the bones in your body.
- Throughout our lifetime we will continue replacing our bones at the approximate rate of every 7 years.
Knowing these facts, you can see why bone and joint health are so important to quality of life. If you suffer from chronic pain because of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) you know that the pain can cause huge limitations in performing simple, everyday tasks.
How can I keep my bones & joints healthy?
It may be easier than you think when it comes to having healthy bones and joints. As we age we often tend to have a decrease in bone density (especially women) and are more prone to aches and pains in the joints, simply from years of use.
- Keep Active – By keeping active you will help decrease stiffness and aching in your bones. The key to activity is keeping it low impact; saving wear and tear on your bones and joints.
- Healthy Diet – You can naturally reduce inflammation in your joint areas by eating foods that have anti-inflammatory benefits. Stay away from sugar and saturated fats, which can actually increase inflammation.
- Address Pain Immediately – If you’re experiencing pain in your bones or joints the sooner you seek professional medical advice, the better. Don’t wait until your pain is so debilitating that your quality of life declines.
Suffering from Chronic Pain Due to MSD’s
If you or someone you love suffers from chronic pain due to MSD’s it’s important to understand how to maintain bone and joint health keep these tips in mind.
- Modifications – Depending on the type of chronic pain certain changes may help in daily activities. Bathtub modifications could include a walk in shower, a raised toilet seat, and a bathing chair; all fairly inexpensive.
- Caregiving – Daily tasks can be overwhelming when you are dealing with chronic pain. Don’t be ashamed or afraid of accepting the help of a caregiver; whether they are in-home caregivers or friends.
- Activities – Keeping active, even if you suffer from chronic pain is very important. If you become inactive it will exacerbate your issues and increase your pain.
It’s important to understand how to maintain the best bone and joint health possible.
Human Body Facts
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