Orthopedics

ORTHOPEDICS

Strong Bones

Calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D are nutrients often not available when the body needs them to make strong bones. Many other nutrients control the hormones, which influence the body’s decision to turn a calorie into bone. In other words, the hipbone is connected to the hormones and nutrition can improve the hormones. Less commonly known is that some components in our diet and most definitely smoking can prevent strong bones. Various treatments are available to remove such toxins.

Healthy Cartilage

As recently as 10 years ago medical students were taught that the body can not replace worn out cartilage. The body’s amazing ability to heal itself has shown otherwise. Elemental sulfur, magnesium, vitamin C, chondroitin, glucosamine and several herbal antioxidants help the cartilage repair.

Compensating for Medical Conditions

Rheumatologic conditions, asthma, infections, high blood pressure, diabetes and metabolic syndrome challenge the body’s ability to heal itself. Special nutritional considerations can improve the body’s response.

Pain Management

Nutritional interventions can reduce bone and joint pain and help the body recover from side effects of long-term pain management.

Regaining Muscle

Inactivity from orthopaedic injury, as other causes, usually leads to muscle loss. Sometimes the loss is just in the affected limb, but sometimes it is everywhere. Nutritional supplementation and extra dietary protein can help the body make an easy comeback. Polyunsaturated fats such as supplemental fish oil or DHA are also recommended.

Weight and Orthopaedics

Many orthopaedics patients are overweight. Sometimes overweight is because of an injury leading to inactivity. Overweight can lead to the need for orthopaedic surgery. Overweight can also delay recovery from orthopaedic injury or surgery. Overweight is often a sign that the body spends calories on storing fat instead of building muscle and bone. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation help the body spend calories correctly.

Improving Athletic Performance

Sports are about testing our limits. Strategic nutrition tailored to the individual athlete extends the limits of endurance strength and flexibility. Nutrition also helps the athlete recover and come back for more.

Recovering from General Anesthesia

Recent studies have demonstrated measurable changes in thinking up to 3 weeks after general anesthesia. B vitamins and brain nutrients protect the brain from various stresses.

Surgical Wound Healing

Wounds heal from the inside out. Supplemental vitamin C and arginine can be particularly helpful in speeding this process for anyone. Anyone with health conditions that would make it more difficult for the body to heal would benefit from medical nutrition before and immediately after surgery.