People tend to get concerned about their health only when a problem occurs and they have to visit the doctor. Consider bones and joints, for example. How often do we think of those when making health and lifestyle decisions? The answer should be “always” because bone and joint conditions are among the most common and crippling health problems. If you want to enjoy an active lifestyle well into old age, here are the top five tips from a list compiled by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The advice should prove helpful to those who want to take better care of their bones and joints but don´t quite know where to begin.
A great start would be active involvement in your healthcare. This means working with your doctor by sharing information and discussing treatment options. The key is to establish effective communication, with both parties free to ask questions and expect honest answers.
The huge number of people suffering bone and joint traumas as a result of car accidents explains why driving occupies such a prominent place on the AAOS list. According to the organisation, much grief and life-long pain would be avoided if people avoided driving while distracted. Whenever you drive you should make all necessary preparations for the journey before you turn on the ignition, and then keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
Aside from your car, your home can also pose significant dangers to bones and joints. Many falls occur at home and for elderly people, such accidents can have fatal outcomes. Simple adjustments can minimise the risk of fall-related injuries, the simplest examples being slip-resistant mats next to the bath or handrails on both sides of the stairs.
Proper bone and joint care would be incomplete without physical activity so make sure you fit that into your health plan. Half an hour of exercise each day will help you maintain flexible joints, strong muscles and healthy bone and cartilage tissues.
The AAOS also advises people to consider the loads they lift or carry on a daily basis and the techniques they employ. Excessively heavy backpacks, handbags and luggage increase the risk of injury to your neck, back and shoulders.