Orthopedics is a medical specialty that concerns the musculoskeletal system. Consisting of the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles, this system is the framework for your body and provides the mechanics that allow you to move.
While many orthopedists specialize in surgery, most orthopedic surgeons treat the majority of their patients in an office setting. Orthopedic conditions, such as dislocated shoulders or herniated discs, are among the most common reasons for patients to seek medical care.
Any problem that has to do with muscles, ligaments, or joints is considered an orthopedic condition. Some of the most common problems with these parts of the body include:
Osteoarticular Grafts (OATS)
Carticel (Cartilage Transplantation Surgery)
Americans are living longer, so bone health is more important than ever. As you age, your bones weaken; this can range from mild thinning to severe osteoporosis. Bones provide your body with structure and strength, as well as the ability to move, so weak bones can stop you from doing what you want and impede your quality of life.
Fortunately, you have plenty of options when it comes to taking care of your bones and making improvements to your overall health.
The key components to good health, including musculoskeletal health, are a healthy diet and regular physical activity.
Vitamins and minerals are essential to bone health, including:
It’s especially important to get plenty of calcium because the body pulls it from your bones if it doesn’t get enough through your diet.
While regular exercise is important in maintaining a healthy body overall, weight-bearing and resistance exercises have been proven to build bone strength.
Weight bearing means any exercise where you’re on your feet and working against gravity. Resistance exercises involve working against additional force, such as lifting weights or using exercise bands.
Aside from benefiting your bones, exercise also strengthens your muscles, which provide support for your bones and joints.
If you have concerns about your bone health or questions related to bones, muscles, ligaments, or joints, contact Greater Austin Orthopaedics at 512-326-2800 or schedule a consultation online to get started.