Many people associate aging with diminishing physical abilities such as changes in gait and posture along with a higher risk for falls. This association is not entirely inaccurate, but some of the changes that take place in the musculoskeletal system can be avoided if you know how they take place. Maintaining strength and flexibility in the bones, joints, and muscles can be essential for independence throughout the aging process, which will allow you to live comfortably at home for more of your golden years. This article will take a closer look at what you need to know to stay strong and agile no matter what your age.
Every type of tissue in the body is constantly being broken down and regenerated as part of the body’s natural healing process. However, as the body gets older, it may not be able to properly absorb nutrients like calcium and vitamin D that are used to rebuild tissues. This has the greatest effect on the bones, which may lose density and strength as osteoporosis sets in. Muscle mass begins to decline as hormone fluctuations take place and reduce the body’s ability to stay strong. The joints, on the other hand, sustain most of their damage from the repetitive use that comes with everyday activities.
Most people do not notice osteoporosis developing until a fracture is sustained, at which point the damage cannot be reversed. Loss of muscle tissue and stiffness in the joints may be much more noticeable with pain, inflammation, and trouble moving comfortably in regular activities.
When it comes to all types of damage that take place in the musculoskeletal system, you should maintain a use it or lose it attitude. By remaining more active, you will make sure that you have strength to support aging bones and flexibility that will allow you to reduce the risk of falls.
Palms of Pasadena Hospital can help you take the right steps toward better orthopedic health with preventive and restorative approaches tailored to your needs. Learn to live better with our diverse team of physicians and nurses by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 245-8328.