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The Aging Skeleton: A Journey Through the Changes in Your Bones and Body

As we age, our bodies go through many changes, including changes to our bones. As a result, we may become more susceptible to injuries, fractures, and conditions such as osteoporosis. In this blog post, we'll explore how our bones and bodies change as we age.

Decrease in Bone Density

One of the most significant changes that occur as we age is a decrease in bone density. This is due to a loss of minerals such as calcium, which can weaken bones and make them more susceptible to fractures.

Joint Wear and Tear

As we use our joints more over time, the cartilage that cushions them can wear down, leading to conditions such as osteoarthritis.

Posture Changes

As we age, our posture may change, leading to a curvature of the spine known as kyphosis. This can occur due to a loss of bone density in the vertebrae or weakened muscles in the back. Kyphosis can affect balance and increase the risk of falls, which can lead to fractures.

Reduced Muscle Mass

As we age, we may also experience a reduction in muscle mass and strength, known as sarcopenia. This can make it more challenging to perform daily tasks and can increase the risk of falls. Exercise and strength training can help prevent muscle loss and improve balance and mobility.

Tips for Maintaining Bone Health as You Age

While these changes may seem daunting, there are steps you can take to maintain bone health as you age:

  • Eat a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D

  • Exercise regularly, including weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, or dancing

  • Quit smoking, as it can decrease bone density

  • Limit alcohol consumption, as excessive drinking can weaken bones

  • Get regular check-ups and bone density tests

As we age, our bones and bodies change, and we become more susceptible to injuries and conditions such as osteoporosis. However, by taking steps to maintain bone health, such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, and quitting smoking, we can help reduce the risk of these issues. And if you do experience bone or joint pain, don't hesitate to see an orthopedic specialist like Dr. Robert Swift, who can provide personalized care and treatment options to help you stay healthy and active. We value the relationships we form with each patient, and believe that goes a long way in improving their health care outcomes. Give us a call to find out how I can help you today.


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