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6 ways you can save your joints every day

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Do you have persistent pain in your knee, hip or shoulder that prevents you from completing everyday tasks? Does the pain make it hard to sleep at night or stop you from doing things you normally enjoy? If so, you are experiencing joint pain.

While joint pain can have many root causes including a variety of medical conditions, there are ways to provide relief so that you can once again enjoy an active lifestyle, and it’s not as difficult as you might imagine.

Here are six ways you can save your joints every day.

1. Maintain a healthy weight

If you are overweight and are experiencing joint pain, it is possible that relief will come when pounds are shed. Extra weight means there is more pressure put on your joints, causing pain and discomfort in those areas.

Find a weight-loss regimen that works for you, so you can get on a road to joint, as well as, overall health and wellness.

2. Watch your diet

Perhaps you are not overweight, but you are still experiencing joint pain, specifically gout. Gout is a build up of purines in your blood that cause inflammation, and it can be present in areas like your big toe, feet, ankles, knees and hands. This painful joint condition can be due to heavy alcohol use — particularly beer, as well as excessive consumption of meat — namely red meats.

By cutting back or even eliminating these things from your diet and adding things like water, fruits and vegetables, and beans and legumes, you will likely get the relief you need.


3. Warm up

Getting on a good health and fitness regimen is a great way to help with joint pain, but it is very important to do a warm up before exercise. Doing so will get blood flowing to the affected areas to help them move more fluidly as to not cause further injury.

Warm ups can include things like stretching and light yoga, walking or jogging slowly on a soft surface like a track or grass before heading out for a run. Over time, you should notice a difference as your body starts to heal.

4. Protect your joints

Not all joint pain comes from the inside out. Some acute joint pain happens as a result of falls or trauma from impact. If you participate in high-impact sports, or activities where falling is likely, like skateboarding, roller skating and hockey, it is important to wear protective gear like knee and elbow pads.

If you have already experienced injury, knee, wrist or ankle braces could also provide relief.


5. Practice good posture

Perhaps your have always been a sloucher or maybe you have that favorite spot on your couch that just lets you sink right into it. While these may be comfortable positions to you, they may not be the best for your body.

In fact, incorrect posture puts pressure on joints without you even knowing it, until of course, joint damage has already occurred.

Start sitting up, walk with your head high and your shoulders back and don’t shuffle your feet — all in the name of protecting your joints.

6. Surgery

If your joints are severely bothering you, you may want to consider partial or full joint replacement.

For many, getting surgery is a last resort that is avoided at all costs, mainly because of the after effects that in years past have not been so pleasant. However, with recent medical breakthroughs, those who have suffered long with joint pain are able to receive a less invasive surgery called Mako.

This new technology uses the help of robotics to severely minimize human error, allowing for the highest level of accuracy, faster recovery, increased longevity and fewer complications so that you can once again enjoy a life free from joint pain.

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If you are considering joint replacement, the doctors at Salt Lake Regional may be able to help. For more information, visit saltlakeregional.com.