Understanding importance of bone health

Understanding importance of bone health

More than half the American population over the age of 18 – 54 percent are affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions, according to The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States.

Today marks World Spine Day and as part of Bone and Joint Action Week, we recognize the importance of promoting musculoskeletal health. So, Love your Spine today and everyday.  Keep moving to promote good health.



BJD week calls attention to the significant impact of disorders including arthritis, back pain, trauma, pediatric conditions, and osteoporosis. The themes and their related activities are designed to raise awareness worldwide about prevention, disease management and treatment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, arthritis affects 54.4 million U.S. adults, more than 1 of 4.

Check out this article on how to determine if your joint pain is arthritis?


Did you know that if one of your parents has had a broken bone, especially a broken hip, you may need to be screened earlier for osteoporosis? Be sure to share your family history with your doctor.

People with osteoporosis are more likely to break bones, most often in the hip, forearm, wrist, and spine, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. While most broken bones are caused by falls, osteoporosis can weaken bones to the point that a break can occur more easily, for example by coughing or bumping into something.

Osteoporosis risk factors you can control:

  • Diet. Getting too little calcium can increase your chances of getting osteoporosis. Not getting enough vitamin D can also increase your risk for the disease.
  • Physical Activity. Not exercising and not being active for long periods of time can increase your chances of getting osteoporosis. Like muscles, bones become stronger-and stay stronger-with regular exercise.
  • Body Weight. Being too thin makes you more likely to get osteoporosis.
  • Smoking. Smoking cigarettes can keep your body from using the calcium in your
    diet. Also, women who smoke go through menopause earlier than those who don’t
    smoke. These things can increase your risk for osteoporosis.
  • Medicines. Certain medicines can cause bone loss.
    Article Published By: NIH


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