Over the years, protecting our joints becomes more and more important.
“Fixed joints” (like those of the skull and of the rib cage) are some of the joints we can most easily take care of since their mobility is quite low which reduces the chance of getting osteoarthritis. A healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet are often sufficient to keep our joints healthy.
Other kinds of joints located in our body, like those of the skeleton, sustain all body structures: vertebras, hips, knees and ankles. Keeping weight under control and avoiding obesity is the best way to keep our joints healthy. Building muscles in theses body areas also helps protecting and caring for our skeleton structures.
Mobile joints like shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees and ankles are among those used most frequently every day. These joints are also the most affected by conditions like osteoarthritis. This is largely due to the wear and tear provoked when they rub against the bones involved in movements.
Hip and knee joints are those most replaced by prosthesis: Hip prosthesis and knee prosthesis. This is due to the wearing suffered when we move around during the day because joints support the entire body weight.
Patients from all over the world contact Vithas Xanit International Hospital to get a diagnosis on these two kinds of orthopedic surgeries.
Knee osteoarthritis results in an irreversible and dysfunctional damage of the knee caused by the excessive mobility of this joint over the years, which is exacerbated by overweight.
Osteoarthritis risks are also more common for people doing no or too little sporting activities. Sport helps building muscles which support the knee by surrounding and protecting the joint.
The hip bones are also often affected by osteoarthritis because of their location and mobility within the skeleton structure. Fractures of the head of the femur caused by osteoarthritis are very common and the primary motive for a hip prosthesis surgery.
This fracture condition often comes about for people over sixty when serum calcium levels are lower. Calcium deficiency often leads to osteoporosis and affects mainly the mobile body joints.
Daily exercise routines prove crucial to strengthen muscles of ankles and hands. As a matter of fact, the most important degenerative signs of this condition are observed in the hands.
The Traumatology Department at Vithas Xanit performs minimally invasive surgeries of the joints.
Traumatology and physiotherapy specialists work together during the rehabilitation provided after a skeleton trauma or pathology has been diagnosed.