The new year is a time for change. It’s a time to break old habits and start building new ones. The beginning of a new year holds countless opportunities to become a better version of yourself, to take on new challenges and to try new things. As 2019 fast approaches, we hope you’ll consider spending time improving your bones and joints, helping to keep them strong and pain-free. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few ways that you can do exactly this and start the new year off on the right foot.
Move Every Day
Did you know that weight-bearing exercises are important for healthy bone density? Start off by finding an activity that you enjoy, such as walking, yoga or cycling. By participating in activities like these, you’re not only engaging your joints and muscles, but also keeping your ligaments in shape to better support your joints overall. Incorporate more weight-bearing movements into your everyday routine, such as taking the stairs or walking to the grocery store, to improve your range of motion.
Wear the Appropriate Gear During Activities
One way to prevent an injury from occurring is by wearing the appropriate gear. In this new year, ditch your old running shoes for a new pair. Spend some time inspecting the current gear and equipment that you are using, and see if it’s time for anything to be replaced. While most injuries do heal, acute or chronic joint injuries can increase the risk for arthritis down the road.
See a Physician for Aches and Pains
In the new year, make it a point to see an orthopaedic physician if you’re experiencing bone or joint pain. Ignoring the problem never solves anything, and addressing it early can prevent further injury. Schedule an appointment with a physician who will best be able to pinpoint the source of the issue, as well as what’s causing you pain. From start to finish, stay in tune with your body and make 2019 the best year yet.
This article was adapted from Carolina Hand & Sports Medicine. Read the full article here.
If you have any questions about keeping your bones and joints healthy, please contact Campbell Clinic to meet with a physician.