How to Keep Your Joints In Good Shape

Did you know that keeping your joints in good shape involves nutrition, rest, and movement? Whether you have artificial joints or all-natural joints, remember this:

Eating, resting, and moving well can prevent inflammation, infection, and injury of the joints.

Why Should You Care About Your Joints?

Your joints help prevent painful friction between your bones. In everyday life, your joints help you bend, twist, walk, nod your head, and move from side to side.

What Are the Major Joints of the Body?

These joints get a lot of action each day and help you complete essential tasks at home and work:

  • Elbow
  • Neck
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Thumb
  • Hip
  • Wrist
  • The joints along your fingers

How Can You Tell if Your Joints Are Healthy or Not?

Along with other signs of infection and injury, two key characteristics of your joints are range of motion and stability.

  • Range of motion: Can your joints move the way they should?
  • Stability: Can your joints remain still the way they should?

The joints that face the most complications around range of motion and stability are ball-and-socket joints and hinge joints. This is why we see more patients struggling with their shoulders, hips, and knees than other parts of the body.

Let’s take a closer look at how to keep your joints strong and healthy.

5 Ways to Keep Your Joints in Good Shape

Stay Hydrated

When you drink enough water throughout the day, you’re helping your joints remain painless.

Eat Nourishing Foods

With the proper nutrients, your joints and overall skeletal system can handle inflammation with ease.

Sit With Good Posture

Sitting can place a lot of pressure on your hips, so be sure to check in with your posture throughout the day.

Sleep In a Comfortable Position

Use pillows and cushions to avoid waking up with unnecessary aches and pains from your mattress.

Exercise Frequently

Strengthening and stretching your muscles will help your joints maintain a proper range of motion and stability.

We highly suggest combining all five of these tips, so you can improve the way your joints avoid injury and handle aging over time.
If you’ve been struggling with a specific joint in your body, it may be time to see an orthopaedic doctor. At Restoration Orthopaedics, we offer top joint care for patients of all activity levels. Our team is ready to help you restore your active lifestyle after an injury or surgery. Get started by scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors.