Decade of the Bone and Joint - The Latest in Bone Health
On March 27, 2002, US President George W. Bush declared the years 2002-2011 as the ¡§Decade of the Bone and Joint.¡¨ The focus behind this movement is to increase awareness of bone and joint disorders. Through education on proper diet; exercise and strength training, symptoms of pain, swelling, and stiffness of the joints can be improved. Those few changes in your daily living activities will also increase your bone health.
A persons Peak Bone Mass (PBM) refers to the maximum bone mass achieved in life. Good nutrition, paying close attention to adequate Calcium and Vitamin D intake, from infancy through adolescence is the key component in attaining the maximum PBM. The trick then becomes retaining as much of that bone mass as possible throughout the rest of our lives. So how do we do that?
„Ï Good nutrition. Along with eating a well rounded and healthy diet, adequate amounts of Calcium and Vitamin D are essential. From age 18 to 50 we should supplement 1000mg of Calcium and 400 units of Vitamin D per day. Age 51-70 supplement 1200-1500mg of Calcium and 400 units of Vitamin D per day. Age 70 and up, 1200mg Calcium and 600units of Vitamin D per day.
„Ï Physical Activity. From age 18 and up, moderate activity, at least 30 minutes per day will not only help to retain your PBM, but it will also help with the develop good muscle strength. Our muscles support and protect our bones and joints, preventing falls.
„Ï Lifestyle changes. Cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol intake will greatly reduce your PBM making you more prone to fractures and slow bone healing.
„Ï Communication. Seeing your doctor on a regular bases is one of your best resources for maintaining good bone and joint health.
By 2030, the demand for primary total hip surgeries is estimated to grow by 174%. The demand for primary total knee surgeries is projected to grow by 673% (JBJS, 2007). Why such an increase? The baby boomer generation will be getting to the age of joints wearing out, and people are working later into their lives, causing more wear and tear on their joints.
Through commitment to our community the Columbus Community Hospital has taken ownership in informing our neighbors, friends, family and loved ones about the importance of good bone and joint health.
For questions, or if you would like to set up a ¡§Joint Health¡¨ presentation for your group please contact Kay Bader ONC-RN, Orthopedic Coordinator at Columbus Community Hospital. 562-4625.