National Bone & Joint Health Action Week

During this week, organizations and health administrations discuss the latest research findings on preventing and treating bone and joint affections.

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What does it mean to have joint pain?

As we age, the hassles of modern life take their toll on our bodies and comfort. Although there is no greater happiness than being spared of every little physical hardship, the time clock runs for the serenity of our well-being. No matter your age, it’s essential to be aware that healthy joints grant you the possibility of moving, walking, playing sports, running, and participating in all sorts of activities.

Joints are structures of muscle, bone, cartilage, synovial fluid, and ligaments designed to support and move the body. Cartilage is a soft tissue that bolsters the bones from rubbing with each other. It has been reported, especially among adults, that joint pain can be problematic, primarily because it interferes with regular work or recreational activities or even basic life needs like walking, bending, or standing.

Age, carrying heavy loads, or getting injured can tear the cartilage and lead to joint damage that may provoke osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout. All of these are forms of arthritis, a disease of the joints that cause patients pain, stiffness, or inflammation, and loss of joint movement.

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The importance of the bones and joints

Taking good care of joints and bones is crucial to stay mobile and being able to do the things we love. The skeletal system gives our body structure by holding the muscles and safeguarding the organs. Keeping our bones healthy is essential because as we age, the bones begin to lose density, which may lead to osteoporosis. Also known as the silent disease, osteoporosis usually presents no symptoms until a bone breaks.

Bone and joint diseases or injuries are impairing and commonly disabling conditions. According to the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI), they cost almost half a million dollars yearly in business losses. And these conditions generally affect older people, who have seen enough to live in pain for the rest of their lives.

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Bone & Joint Health Action Week 2022

This event occurs worldwide, from October 12th to the 20th of every year. Organizations and health administrations around the globe discuss the latest research findings on preventing and treating all types of arthritis, osteoporosis, and other bone and joint affections.

The whole week is divided into five days filled with activities according to specific conditions:

  • October 12th – World Arthritis Day
  • October 16th – World Spine Day
  • October 17th – World Trauma Day
  • October 19th – World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day
  • October 20th – World Osteoporosis Day

Prevention

The musculoskeletal system renews from movement. Thus, exercise will always be a better way to maintain good bone and joint health. Also, the experts’ recommendations are as follows:

  • Use comfortable shoes

  • Eat more vegetables

  • Warm up before exercise

  • Don’t smoke

  • Watch your weight

  • Be cautious when carrying heavy loads

As you may see, there is no magic recipe for maintaining healthy bones and joints. It’s all about keeping them active and sparing them from overwork. Have the mindset that every pound you gain means four times more pressure on your knees and leg bones. Preserve the mobility of your joints by stretching every day.

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References:

National Today. (2021, August 9). Bone and Joint Health National Action Week – October 12-20. National Today. Retrieved October 13, 2022, from https://nationaltoday.com/bone-and-joint-health-national-action-week/#how-to

Health, F. (2020, October 13). Keeping your joints & bones healthy & happy. Frederick Health. Retrieved October 13, 2022, from https://www.frederickhealth.org/news/2020/october/keeping-your-joints-bones-healthy-and-happy/

Kumar Lohia, D. L. (2022, August 3). National Bone and joint day 2022: Signs of bone density loss in women. Healthshots. Retrieved October 13, 2022, from https://www.healthshots.com/preventive-care/self-care/national-bone-and-joint-day-2022-signs-of-bone-density-loss-in-women/

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