If you’ve reached retirement age, you surely know that joint pain is a common problem however, did you know that joint injury, especially knee and hip injury, is a greater risk after the age of 55? Cartilage, the substance that cushions the joints, tends to thin over time offering less protection, bones lose density and strength as we age, a process that can begin as early as our mid-thirties.
Many of us become less active after retirement, which allows the muscles to weaken, offering less support to the joints. The good news is that you can reduce joint pain and your risk of injury with a few relatively simple measures that help protect joint health.
Muscle and bone mass are easily lost as we age, so the old saying “use it or lose it’’ is never more true than it is in your senior years. Your joints need strong support from the muscles that surround them to maintain stability and smooth function, so weakening in those muscles can lead to joint pain, as well as increasing risk of knee or hip injury. If you already suffer with joint pain, strengthening those muscles can help reduce your symptoms. Regular exercise also helps keep bones strong. Remember the best things in life are FREE “eg” walking, swimming, cycling all help greatly to keep you mobile and away from injury.
Your body needs plenty of calcium and vitamin D to maintain bone strength. Muscles need protein to keep them strong and nutrients like B-complex vitamins, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C for proper function. Omega-3s and vitamin E are important for joint health. A well balanced diet is the best source of all the nutrients your body needs.
Avoid Joint Injury
Hip injury, in particular, can have a huge impact on your life. It is one of the leading causes of disability in seniors. Maintaining joint health can prevent the need for joint replacement surgeries, which are very common in seniors. While these procedures are generally very safe and effective, they do have risks and recovery can be a long, intense process. So remember some activity is better than no activity and your body will always thank you for it.
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