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Joints are an essential part of the orthopedic system. They connect our bones together and allow movement, and when they start to deteriorate, a wide range of mobility issues can arise. That’s why you need to make sure you’re taking care of them. Joint tissue is one of the most difficult things to replace in the human body outside of major organs.

At the Clintech Center for Spine Health in Johnstown, we believe in providing our clients and the wider community with the tools and information they need to make the right decisions for their orthopedic health. Part of that mission is to enlighten people to the idea of taking preventative health measures. Let’s talk more today about what joints are and how you can take care of them in your everyday life.

Joints and Their Role in the Orthopedic System

Most of us know the essential function of joints, but there are various parts of joints. Some of which we can work on and others that are much harder to replace. Just to give you a better idea of everything that goes into a joint, here are some parts you might have forgotten from your high school anatomy class and the procedures associated with them.

  • Cartilage — Cartilage is easy to deteriorate and hard to gain back. Cartilage covers the surface of your bones and makes it easier for them to move without grinding on each other. There are multiple surgeries to help repair this, but most are cumbersome and temporary.
  • Synovial Membrane — The synovial membrane secretes synovial fluid to lubricate the joint, and when this tissue isn’t working properly, certain joint injections are used to mimic the effects.
  • Ligaments — Ligaments surround the joint to support and limit joint movement. That’s why it’s such a big deal when an athlete tears one. There are surgeries to reconnect ligaments or provide a man-made replacement, and most of them are slow recoveries.
  • Tendons — Tendons are an extremely tough connective tissue that provides arguably the hardest injuries to come back from. A torn tendon, along with other serious damage, could even lead to amputation in some cases.

These are really the most key parts for you to know about when it comes to looking out for your own health. There are things you can do every day to help make sure that deterioration and tears in your joints are minimal and that your joints last as long as possible. 

How to Improve and Maintain Joint Health

Taking care of your joints, and making them a priority, may seem like just another thing to keep track of. However, they’re really just one more thing you can cross off your list with just a few simple additions that are part of any healthy lifestyle. As with so many things, preventative care mostly comes down to diet and exercise.

Exercises for Joint Health

  • Walking and Swimming — Both are good cardio activities, which will help pump rich blood all around your body, and both are good tools for maintaining joints, as the weight they are supporting is one of the biggest causes of joint deterioration. Additionally, swimming helps stretch and strengthen muscles and joints in a way that few other exercises can.
  • Weight Lifting — Simply put, having stronger muscles means less strain on your joints as they try to help you move.
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates — These are all great exercises for your joints because they offer dynamic stretching and movement in combination with weight bearing exercises. They can help increase joint flexibility and reduce your risk of a tear or deterioration.

Foods For Joint Health

  • Omega-3s — These important nutrients help us with many health aspects, including weight control. Foods like fish, beans, and nuts are rich in Omegas, and not only help reduce the weight on your joints, but the inflammation in them as well.
  • Colorful fruits and berries — Because of the antioxidants in them, and the way they protect your bones, many berries, tomatoes, and pineapples have properties that help preserve your joints.
  • Whole Grains — While refined grains can help inflame joints, whole grains have been shown to provide fatty acids that are thought to reduce inflammation.

Come Into The ClinTech Center for Spine Health Today

If you’re having joint problems, then maybe the ClinTech Center can help. We provide a range of procedures, from radiofrequency ablation to stem cell and other joint injections, in order to reduce pain and inflammation and help you recover. Contact us in Johnstown today!