Keep moving. Sitting in front of a computer or TV all day can cause stiffness in the joints. Get up and move about regularly, perform light exercises, change positions when sitting and take walks to keep joints healthy.
Protect joints from injury. Wear protective gear such as elbow and knee pads when playing sports, riding a bike or performing vigorous activities to keep your joints protected from injury.
Lose the excess weight. Being overweight puts added pressure and stress on your joints including knees and hips. You’ll feel better and be healthier by taking off the weight.
Protect joints with low-impact exercises. Low impact exercises such as walking, biking or swimming minimize the strain the joints and surrounding muscles undergo during more strenuous activities such as running.
Keep your muscles strong. Performing light weight bearing and strengthening exercises to maintain muscle strength around the joints helps protect joints from wear and tear and injury.
See a physical therapist. People who suffer from osteoarthritis can benefit from physical therapy and performing exercises that move joints through their full range of motion to maintain flexibility.
Treat joint injuries immediately. If you suffer an injury to one of your joints such as the knee or hip, see an orthopedic specialist right away to avoid further damage.
To find an Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland specialist near you, visit www.mdbonedocs.com or call 866-927-1338.