Joint Health: A Growing Concern For People of All Ages

Feb 10, 2014

Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

by Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

Joint health is a growing health concern for many people. The AARP estimates that 70 million Americans will suffer from osteoarthritis by the year 2030. But strengthening your joints and boosting joint health isn’t just about preventing health problems. Stronger joints today also means improved flexibility and a greater range of motion so you can do better at sports, family play, office work and the many things that life throws at you every day. (

Work Out to Keep Pain Out
Exercise has several benefits for general joint strength and health. For example, it can help keep joints properly aligned and positioned. Exercise also improves joint strength by strengthening the muscles and tissues surrounding your joints. And if you’re already suffering from joint pain, the release of endorphins during exercise helps to lessen the pain naturally. Try low-impact exercises, such as yoga, swimming and cycling, which strengthen your joints without causing too much joint strain. For the best results, aim for 30 minutes of exercise at least four times a week.
Up Your Calcium Intake
Adequate servings of calcium are linked to general joint health and overall bone health. The National Academy of Science recommends that adults consume 1,000 mg of calcium every day until age 51, at which point the recommended intake jumps up to 1,200 mg per day. But you don’t have to turn to synthetic supplements to enhance joint strength. Naturally improve calcium levels in your diet by eating joint-strengthening foods that are rich in calcium. Top food choices recommended by the nutrition therapy team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center include edamame, calcium-fortified cereal, non-dairy milk alternatives like almond milk, dark leafy greens and yogurt. 

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