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It’s not uncommon to take bone and joint health for granted – until something happens that limits and restricts freedom and mobility. As more people venture outside to enjoy the fresh air this spring, Anthony Tedesco, DO, of Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons (DMOS) provides four tips on how to enjoy regular outdoor activities while keeping one’s bone and joint health on track. 

  • Exercise daily. Whether an individual implements an active lifestyle as a preventative measure or tries to strengthen an already fragile skeletal system, the key to developing strong bones and joints over time is to start slow and ease into a routine to get the body moving.
  • Eat right. Fuel the body with a diet that promotes healthy bones and joints. Make sure to consume foods full of calcium and vitamin D. 
  • Gear up. It is important that proper-fitting equipment is worn. For example, wear comfortable, supportive tennis shoes when going for a walk. Make sure the tennis shoes have plenty of room to avoid feet cramps and/or injury.
  • Practice precaution. If any changes are noticed in your orthopedic health, make sure to take action and ice the area to reduce swelling, wrap the area to compress and keep in place or elevate the area to encourage blood flow. 

If the bone or joint continues to weaken or have residual pain, it is important to seek medical attention. DMOS Orthopedic Surgeon, Anthony Tedesco and The UnityPoint Health® Grinnell team is here to support and care for patients from start to finish. Dr. Tedesco is accepting new patients in Grinnell. Call (641) 236-2925 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Tedesco is a general orthopedic surgeon and orthopedic sports medicine expert. He specializes in general orthopedics and treatment for a wide array of fractures, injuries and degenerative conditions with a special focus on arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder including procedures such as ACL reconstruction and rotator cuff repairs. He also performs total and partial joint replacements of the knee and shoulder.

 

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