Arthritis Foundation – For help with relieving arthritis symptoms and improving your overall health, eat vegetables loaded with antioxidants. And eat a variety of them. Antioxidants work best when they work together, and various vegetables include different ones. Examples of these benefit-packing produce include broccoli, peas, onions, sweet potatoes and kale.
In the Game – Adolescent girls who participate in sports can be three times more likely than adolescent boys to injure an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This greater risk may be due to several factors, including, differences in anatomy and hormones. A sports orthopaedist suggests that it can be reduced by training to improve muscle control. Programs generally require 10 minutes or more of focused exercise for eight or more weeks. He includes a link to a popular program.
To learn more: In the Game – Can ACL Injuries Be Prevented in Girls?
Decide to Drive – When you’re behind the wheel, seemingly small distractions can have grave consequences. Automobile crashes involving distracted drivers are growing more frequent, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. Decide to Drive is a joint program of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to help prevent distracted driving. The site includes many techniques to help you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
To learn more: Decide to Drive – DRIVING TIPS
Web MD – Keeping your joints healthy depends on many factors. These include doing the right activities, eating the right foods and using the right safety gear. Maintaining good posture, a healthy weight and a strong core (abdominal, back and hip areas) also helps.
To learn more: Web MD – Tips to Keep Your Joints Healthy
In the Game – Triathlons offer rewarding experiences along with many fitness benefits. But they also present some risk of injury, especially injury from overuse. A sports orthopaedist describes how to create a plan that reduces the danger while maximizing potential rewards.
ACSM Fit Society Page – Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for just about everyone. It enhances both physical and psychological well-being as it helps maintain independence. People with special needs or disabilities, however, often face extra barriers to fitness. Experts at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) offer insights into how such people can incorporate fitness into their daily lives, including resources for getting more information. Special focuses include children and cancer survivors. All this, and more, is in an eight-page pamphlet ready for download.
Arthritis Today Magazine – People with autoimmune diseases (for example, lupus) need to be extra vigilant about avoiding too much sun exposure. The disease can increase sensitivity. And so can nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are frequently taken to relieve pain and inflammation from arthritis and related conditions. Here are recommendations for buying and applying sunscreen. But sunscreen is not always enough. There are also recommendations for protective clothing and sunglasses.
In the Game – Young athletes are susceptible to many kinds of hip injuries. Some injuries can even cause long-term complications. Hip injuries may require immediate evaluation and referral to an orthopaedic surgeon. Parents and coaches should stay alert for hip pain in young athletes and make all necessary efforts for quick assessment and treatment.
To learn more: In the Game – Common Hip Injuries in Kids
Arthritis Association – Having arthritis is challenging. Nonetheless, it’s possible to live well and thrive with the disease. Making positive and healthy lifestyle choices is critical. Here are several helpful suggestions.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Trips to lakes or swimming pools can make for great summer fun. When entering the water, be sure to do it safely. Each year, hundreds of people end up paralyzed from neck and spine injuries after diving into shallow water. Orthopaedic surgeons offer tips for safe diving. Two key rules to keep in mind: Never dive into shallow water. And when jumping into unknown water, go feet first.
To learn more: AAOS – Diving into summer, feet first