WHETHER IT’S YOUR KNEES, ELBOWS OR HIPS, TURN YOUR BROWARD HEALTH FOR YOUR ORTHOPEDIC NEEDS
July 18, 2022- Have you thought of a plan to keep your joints healthy? If not, don’t worry, it’s no surprise. When we can move our bodies easily and effortlessly, many of us take our joints for granted.
Joints are the places in the body, such as the knees, elbows, and hips, where two or more bones meet. They are part of the musculoskeletal system – a complex system of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and cartilage – which work together and enable us to sit, stand, walk and to dance.
People can have broken bones, sprains and other joint problems at any age. But some common joint problems, like arthritis, become more common as people age. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help keep your joints healthy and maintain your mobility.
If you’re staying active and eating healthy foods to help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and other serious illnesses, here’s some good news: these self-care strategies also support your joints.
“There are no pills, like statins, for the joints,” said
Jason Gould, MD, orthopedic surgeon with the Broward Health Physician Group. “The best way to prolong joint life and relieve arthritis symptoms is to exercise and lose weight.”
Dr. Gould recommends weight-bearing exercises such as walking or jogging to strengthen bones and muscles, and aerobic exercises that also help strengthen the heart.
WHEN YOU NEED HELP
You may need the care of an orthopedic specialist if you injure or break a joint, or if a joint becomes inflamed and you experience pain.
Conservative therapies, such as medications, the use of heat and cold, and physical therapy, can help in some conditions. However, if your symptoms persist, your doctor may recommend surgery that may provide longer-lasting relief.
CHOOSE BROWARD HEALTH
You can expect exceptional orthopedic care close to home. Broward Health’s network of four adult hospitals offers comprehensive joint care for hips, knees, shoulders, hands and more. Services include advanced diagnostic tools, innovative and minimally invasive surgical options, and rehabilitation.
Additionally, the Joint Arthroscopy Center at Broward Health North is the first program in South Florida to earn Joint Commission Advanced Certification for total hip and knee replacement.
“We have the expertise and resources to manage all kinds of joint issues – from complex trauma to more common joint wear and tear,” Dr. Gould said. “Our goal is to help patients get back to the activities they love as quickly as possible.”
MOVE WITH EASE
To find an orthopedic doctor near you, visit BrowardHealth.org/Find-Doctor.