Tips for Boomers Be Kind to Your Bones
Are you a Baby Boomer? If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you're part of a generation that has defied stereotypes at every stage of life. But as you march through your fifth or sixth decade, you may find that your joints are finally showing their age. Since staying active is critical to maintaining health and happiness, what happens when you're sidelined by common orthopedic issues like joint pain and osteoarthritis?
When faced with joint pain, your tendency may be to cut down on physical activity, but that's not necessarily the answer. When osteoarthritis affects the hips, knees, hands, neck and lower back joints, exercise can actually help reduce joint pain and stiffness.
Exercise for Your Bone Health
According to the experts, moderate physical activity may also prevent the decline or even restore the health and function of bones and joints. "I always encourage my patients to exercise and stay active," says Kieran Cody, MD, orthopedic surgeon. "Exercise can ease arthritis and treat osteoarthritis as well as decrease the risk of heart disease, diabetes and depression. In people with arthritis, exercise will decrease the pain caused by joint stiffness and help maintain range-of-motion and strength." Dr. Cody recommends low-impact exercise like walking, swimming or biking for 30 minutes a day. And it's important to choose an exercise that you enjoy, because the more fun and rewarding it is, the more likely you are to continue exercising.
Weight-bearing exercises such as lifting light weights also works to prevent osteoporosis. "This kind of exercise increases the compressive forces across the bone, which helps to retain the bone's calcium and strength," explains Doylestown Health's Orthopedic Institute is the perfect fit. With same and next day appointments available, our board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians treat all types of bone and muscle conditions. Here, experienced orthopedic surgeons offer the latest technology and progressive-care pathways to return patients to the activities they love – fast.
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