Common Orthopedic Conditions and Solutions
Any idea how many bones are in the human body?
This may be a shock to you, but there are 206 bones in the adult human body, and more than 300 bones in an infant! Our bones are what hold us together and support our bodies, while our joints are what enable movement.
Without either of these we would be stiff, rather immobile creatures since our bones and joints work together to facilitate movement. So for those of us with bone or joint pain we know how limiting orthopedic conditions can be.
Illness, injury, and age are common culprits of orthopedic pain, and they bring with them an array of conditions to watch out for. The most common medical complaints are back and joint pain. Common orthopedic problems include:
- Neck pain
- Ruptured or bulging discs
- Injuries (especially athletic injuries) including fractures, dislocations and torn ligaments
Any of these conditions can seriously hinder your well-being, but these preventative tips will help you avoid future injuries and escalating pain levels.
- Perform exercises that prevent sports injuries
- Don’t overexert yourself
- Warm – up before working out
- Remember to RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
- Stay hydrated
- Maintain a healthy weight – a great strain is placed on weight-bearing joints if you are overweight
- Exercise good posture – especially back pain do’s and don’ts
- Wear supportive shoes
- Be conscious of your sleeping and sitting positions – make sure your mattress is supportive
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Stay active – Check with your doctor to make sure physical activity is safe, but low-impact physical exercises will greatly improve your quality of life and help delay the onset of some orthopedic conditions
However, if you’re discovering that joint/ bone pain is affecting your quality of life it may be time to seek out the knowledge of an orthopedic specialist. We provide personalized treatment, specialized care, and promote a philosophy of wellness to ensure that all 206 bones stay healthy and you stay happy.