Bone Density’s Impact on Joint Health

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Bone density is an often-overlooked but critical contributor to our overall joint health as we age.  Beginning around the age of 25, our bone density becomes altered by factors we can control – diet, exercise or lack thereof – and factors we cannot control – potential predisposition to the condition as well as the aging process itself.

The relationship between bone density and joint health becomes apparent as bone density, generally correlating with bone strength, relates to the ability to literally carry one’s own body frame and maintain an independent, fully functional lifestyle.  If bone density is poor, however, the body may compensate for lack of bone strength by developing conditions such as osteoporosis to alleviate stress from underperforming bone structures and redirecting gravity on the body elsewhere.

Similarly, lack of bone density frequently places additional stress on joint systems already carrying a great load by acting as our body’s internal cushioning system.

When bone density is poor, the result can be a significant risk for developing fractures of major joints such as the hips, knee and shoulder.  The elderly in particular are at risk as such fractures may severely impact the ability to care for themselves and diminish an independent lifestyle.

Exercise is Key

Even though bone density changes are inevitable over time, our ability to fight its affects is as close as our front door…that is, going for a walk, jog or run, or lifting lighter weights regularly.   Studies indicate that weight-bearing exercise is the best defense for maintaining optimal bone density health, a major contributor to good joint health.

Healthy Joints, Healthy You

When we take steps to maintain good joint health, it sometimes means evaluating and caring for other components within our body. By actively caring for our bone health, we are also doing our joints a great service.
If you are trying to manage a joint care issue and have questions, consult with Dr. Kevin Terefenko for lower extremity care (knee and hips) or Dr. James Shaffer for upper extremity care (shoulder and elbow) by requesting an appointment today.

To your wellness,
AJRC

Comments

  1. Thanks!! nice post.

    It was essential to take a proper care of joints because it helps to perform daily activity.

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