An Overview of Bone and Joint Health
Bone and Joint Action Week, courtesy of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI), is held every year from October 12-20 to help raise awareness of the many health disorders that affect millions of Americans’ bone health and joint health. It is estimated more than half – 54% – of Americans over the age of 18 years are affected by a musculoskeletal (bone and joint) disorder. These disorders include arthritis, back pain, neck pain, spinal deformity and traumatic injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Pain Recovery Center of Tyler and our two pain physicians in Tyler, Texas are proud to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders in patients living in the East Texas area.
Bone and Joint Health Facts
Bone health and joint health are extremely important to patients of all ages. When a musculoskeletal disorder or injury is present, a patient will experience pain, loss of joint mobility and loss of full body function. Here are a few bone and joint health facts, courtesy of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI):
- 54% of Americans over the age of 18 years are affected by a bone and joint condition
- 33% of these Americans require medical attention for their musculoskeletal disorder
- Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common cause of physical disability and chronic pain
- An estimated $874 billion from 2009-2011 was associated with musculoskeletal disorder treatments and lost wages
- The cost of bone and joint healthcare escalated in 2011 with “Baby Boomers” and is expected to continue for decades
Bone and Joint Health Tips
Joint health and bone health are important to all patients, no matter their age. Injuries to the body’s bones and joints are common, and increase with age in many patients. Here are some great, easy ways to keep bones and joints healthy:
- Engage in athletic activities each week to strengthen the muscles around the joints and to keep the body mobile. Many health professionals recommend 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise each week, as well as two or more days of strengthening exercises.
- Eat a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, proteins and calcium-enriched foods.
- Get outside and enjoy the sunshine. It is clinically proven Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphate, both helping to protect the bones throughout the human body. By getting fresh air and some sunshine, the body is able to produce additional Vitamin D.
For more resources on bone health and joint health, or to discuss a musculoskeletal disorder with one of our pain physicians in Tyler, Texas, please contact the office of Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.