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Community Education Class Focuses on Bone, Joint Health April 21, 2009

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Community Education Class Focuses on Bone, Joint Health

April 16, 2009 (AUGUSTA, GA) – The general wear and tear of the body’s bones and joints was once considered just a part of the aging process. But Paul J. Herzwurm, M.D., an Orthopaedic Surgeon who practices at University Hospital, said that doesn’t always have to be the case.

Dr. Herzwurm spoke April 16 at a community education luncheon sponsored by University Hospital and held at Brandon Wilde, University’s “life care” retirement community. The talk, which was attended by about 50 people, was titled, Maintaining Healthy Bones and Joints.

During the hour and a half session, Dr. Herzwurm detailed many of the ways people can work today to keep their bones and joints healthy for tomorrow.

Among his tips were:

  • Get moving – weight-bearing exercises are one of the best defenses against osteoporosis
  • Get adequate calcium, as well as vitamin D to help with the absorption of calcium
  • Stop smoking if you have the habit
  • Limit your alcohol consumption

Dr. Herzwurm made sure to note that exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to have a positive affect on your bone and joint health.

“Walking just four hours a week can reduce your risk of hip fractures by 40 percent,” he said.

Following these suggestions doesn’t guarantee you won’t get osteoporosis, and Dr. Herzwurm recommended seeing a physician if you experience bone or joint pain.

“Don’t think you can just ignore it,” he said. “One damaged joint can lead to others. Think of it like a tire defect – if one is damaged, it can affect the balance of all the three tires.”

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