Joint Health – Stay Mobile to Stay Mobile

By: Chetan Deshpande, MD, FACS

Keeping your joints healthy is one of the key factors in maintaining a healthy and productive lifestyle. There is much emphasis placed on supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin. Although these have been shown to provide some modest improvement in overall mobility and joint pain the best medicine to keep your hips and knees functioning at their best is to stay moving! 

Consistent, low impact exercise on a daily basis will maintain range of motion, promote cartilage health by cycling the fluid within the joint, and maintain the strength of the muscles that power the joint. Additionally, the weight-bearing types of activities will also promote the maintenance of bone mass. These are all critical factors in musculoskeletal health. The cartilage cells within the joints are fed Through nutrients found in synovial fluid and is important to maintain the flow of this fluid.

Official recommendations to maintain joint in cardiovascular health include 30 to 60 minutes of low impact activities daily. These include walking, Cycling, swimming, and low impact sports such as doubles tennis. Stay mobile to stay mobile!

See Chetan Deshpande, MD, FACS speak at the GAPA 2020 Summer Conference in Sandestin, FL.

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