PROTECT YOUR JOINTS

By: Dr. Donna A. Pontoriero, Chiropractor


The spine, of course, is a series of joints that are vital to your well-being. The spine protects the spinal cord, which is the conduit for signals from the brain to the various areas of the body and vice versa. But you have to be careful with all your joints to enjoy a good quality of life. Keep these tips in mind for healthy joints:

Wear sturdy, quality footwear. Your feet and legs are the foundation on which you operate. Keep your weight under control. Every excess pound you carry puts unnecessary strain on your joints, including hips, knees and ankles. It also puts an extra burden on your feet. One of the best forms of exercise, not only for the joints in your feet and legs but for your cardiovascular health and overall fitness, is walking.

When lifting something heavy, use the powerful leg muscles. In other words, bend at the knees when lifting. Bending at the waist puts undue stress on your spine and hips and is an invitation to injury. Talk with your physician before embarking on any exercise regimen.

Please contact our office if you would like further evaluation on your condition.

Dr. Donna Pontoriero can be reached at 299 Franklin Ave, Nutley NJ 07110, 973-235-9393.