Keeping Your Joints Healthy
Our medical professionals work with you to help keep your joints healthy
The following suggestions can help you keep joints strong and vital, today and in the future:
- Exercise: Range-of-motion and strength and endurance exercises can keep joints healthy.
- Stretching: Slow, controlled stretching helps with flexibility, and muscle movement can help with minor aches and pains.
- Aquatic Exercises: These are highly effective ways to exercise without joint stress and we encourage our patients to use aquatic exercises to keep their joints healthy. Classes are held at the Hurley Health and Fitness Center.
- Weight loss: Reducing your weight by as little as 10% can help alleviate the stress on your joints.
- Heat and Cold: Common treatments such as cold or hot packs, heating pads are treatments that can reduce pain and improve movement.
Supplements: Several nutritional supplements have been shown to have a positive affect on joint health, including the following:
- Glucosamine is a natural component of joint cartilage. Taking 1,500 milligrams of glucosamine per day may help to rebuild and renew existing knee and hip cartilage.
- Chondroitin sulfate provides dietary support for healthy joints and bones.
- MSM (Methylsulfonyl-methane) is an organic sulfur found within connective tissues and joint cartilage.
Before starting any exercise and/or nutritional supplement program always check with your Hurley physician or other medical professional.