Studies show that by 2030, the demand for total hip arthroplasties is estimated to increase 174% to 572,000 procedures; and the demand for total knee arthroplasties is projected to increase 673% to 3.48 million procedures. (1) With the number of joint replacement surgeries on the rise, it’s time to start taking a proactive approach to keeping your joints healthy. Pain is the number one reason for joint replacement surgery, if we can eliminate pain, we may eliminate the need to have joint replacement surgery. Don’t wait until there is pain to start caring for your joint health.
Here are 4 ways to help keep your joints strong:
- Maintain Proper Weight. Additional body weight leads to excess stress on joints and can cause cartilage to break down more quickly. Therefore, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a healthy weight can help you avoid surgery. If you are overweight, losing just 5 percent of your body weight can relieve excess joint pressure. While losing weight won’t replace cartilage; it will help to reduce the stress on your joints.
- Exercise Regularly. Limiting physical activity can make joint damage worse. Inactivity leads to cartilage loss between bones and can lead to bone-on-bone contact, which is extremely painful. Exercise helps to stimulate the release of synovial fluid, and provides the cartilage with nutrients to lubricate and loosen the joint. Suggesting aerobic exercises and low-impact activities such as the elliptical, recumbent bike, walking and swimming at least 3 times week will help you achieve optimal joint health.
- A2M Treatment. A2M is a concentrated protein, harvested from your blood, that can help reduce inflammation and even stop the progression of degenerative arthritis. It is a great treatment for patients to have after a surgery or an injury that has caused swelling and inflammation. A2M reduces the risk of developing joint degeneration in the future. It can also be used to pretreat the joint before using stem cells. It dramatically reduces post-injection swelling and pain. (learn more here: https://regenroom.com/alpha2active/
- Nutrition and supplements. The use of supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin can have beneficial effects on osteoarthritis. Crucial to your health and maintaining a healthy weight is fueling your body with proper nutrition. These non-surgical options depend on your level of commitment to make behavioral modifications through weight loss and exercise.
Reference 1. Kurtz S, Ong K, Lau E, Mowat F, Halpern; J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007; Apr;89(4):780-5.