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Tips for Joint Health

The ability to move comfortably in your daily life contributes to overall quality of life.  Joint health plays a significant role in allowing movement.  Food for joint health and exercise for joint pain is a way we can proactively impact our joint health. Keeping muscles, ligaments, and bones strong and stable is the best way to keep joint mobility and health.  This mobility includes movement at the elbows, knees, hips, backs, neck, and fingers.

Tips for Joint HealthA good way to care for your joints is to keep them and your muscles, ligaments, and bones strong and stable. Here are some good tips for joint health.

Exercise for joint pain and health is important to prevent injury.  General movement leads to decreased pain and increased health.  The more you move the less stiffness you will have.

Strengthening the muscle around the joint will cause less stress on the joints and therefore decrease joint pain.  Stronger muscles in the thigh will reduce the chances for knee problems and allows for more smooth and steady movement.  The specific type of exercise that is best for the joints are low impact types of movements like walking, bicycling and swimming.

Foods for joint health include those that reduce inflammation.  One great choice is fish.  Fish like salmon, mackerel and others high in omega-3 fatty acids are great foods for joint health.

Another food for joint health relates to strong bones.  Calcium and vitamin D contribute to joint health by keeping bones strong.  Dairy products, leafy vegetables like broccoli and kale are great sources of foods for good health.

Finally, a supplement that can help moderate to severe joint pain is glucosamine and chondroitin.  Regularly taking these supplements allows more free and pain free movement.   As a convenience to our patients, we have high quality evidence-based supplements available in our office.

Call (480) 941-0800 or stop in to see what is best for you.  Always discuss nutritional changes with your doctor.

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