Osteoarthritis is a common age-related condition that affects the joints, resulting from natural wear and tear that leads to pain and limited mobility. However, there are many steps you can take to keep your joints healthy as you grow older. Exercising regularly is a great way to maintain overall health in addition to healthy joints. Varying your exercise routine to include both aerobic and weight-bearing exercises offers even greater benefits. Regular exercise can also help you to maintain a healthy weight, which places less stress on your joints than if you are overweight. Including foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D in your diet, such as dairy products, oily fish, and olive oil, can reduce joint inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis.
At Memorial Hospital of Tampa, we are pleased to offer comprehensive orthopedic care and sports medicine in the Tampa area. You can reach a registered nurse to learn more about arthroscopic surgery and treatment for spine and joint injuries by calling our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (813) 873-6400. Take a look through our comprehensive website for more detailed information about our commitment to top-quality medical care and community outreach.