Joint and Bone Health: Spring Health Chat

Posted May 7, 2013 | Posted in Diseases & Treatments

Dr. Marc StevensDr. Marc Stevens of Triangle Orthopaedic Associates and a member of the Johnston Health medical staff recently gave a presentation on joint and bone health as part of the Health Chats series at Johnston Health.  Over 100 guests joined him in the Johnston Medical Mall auditorium to learn about keeping their bones and joints healthy.  Dr. Stevens focused on three stages of bone health: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good: Healthy Bones and Joints

We can all enjoy healthy bones and joints with proper diet, exercise and lifestyle choices.  The best way to prevent bone and joint problems as you age is to practice healthy habits throughout your life.  Keeping a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and not smoking are all practices that can keep your bones and joints healthy, especially if started at an early age. If you are worried that you’ve been practicing unhealthy habits for too long, it’s never too late to turn that around and improve your bone health.

The Bad: Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the disease of thinning bones. It means that the bone is healthy, there is just little of it. This can result in increased risk of fractures, but there are no other major symptoms early on.  Vitamin D and calcium are very important for someone with osteoporosis, as well as regular exercise.

The Ugly: Osteoarthritis

Nearly 21 million Americans 25 and older have osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is inflammation of the joints.  This occurs when the cartilage in between bones wears away, causing them to rub together. This is often the result of natural wear and tear on the body and occurs with age.  Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness in the affected joints and can make it hard to perform daily functions. There are many treatment options available including medication, supplements, drug therapy, and surgery.

“I thought the Health Chat was great, it gave a lot of valuable information to non-medical people, which is very good.”

     –     Guest

“I think the greatest thing about the Health Chats is that it gives a lot of people at one time an opportunity to interact with the physician…I think that draws in more people from the community to be able to understand that as a whole, the hospital staff and the hospital are trying to reach out and make a difference.”

     –     Dr. Marc Stevens

Spring Health Chat Highlights

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