Winter season: Elderly at high risk of joint pains

With the dip in temperature, people especially elderly are suffering from joint pains. The complication increases when the temperature is at its low and special care needs to be taken for elderly and even young people.
Experts say that while joint pain is common during the winter season, these could be prevented by following a healthy diet rich in vitamins.(HT Photo)
Experts say that while joint pain is common during the winter season, these could be prevented by following a healthy diet rich in vitamins.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2016 11:15 PM IST
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HindustanTimes | By, Ludhiana

With the dip in temperature, people especially elderly are suffering from joint pains. The complication increases when the temperature is at its low and special care needs to be taken for elderly and even young people.

Experts say that while joint pain is common during the winter season, these could be prevented by following a healthy diet rich in vitamins.

Dr Mohammad Yamin, head of orthopaedics department at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) said, “Most people experience joint pain during this time of the year mainly because during the weather there is limited amount of sunlight. Apart from this, there is less supply of blood to the other adjoining areas of the body due to which joints become stiff, thus causing pain in the joints and bones.”

He said that eating a healthy and nutritious diet is the key to prevent various health complications, which should include vegetables, cereals, dairy products, pulses and seasonal fruits in daily meal.

“People suffering from knee pain and generalised joint pain are advised to consume foods rich in vitamins (C, D and K) and minerals, especially calcium,”he said.

Experts also advise that food including spinach, cabbage, tomatoes and oranges are rich sources of both vitamins and minerals.

Dr Deepak Jain, orthopedic, advised to exercise regularly. “Stretching and exercises done with light weights are good for people with knee problems or joint pain. Apart from this, regular exercising including cycling, walking, aerobics and swimming strengthens the knee muscles as well as improves flexibility.”

Another orthopedic Dr Shekhar Singhal said that one of the key reasons for joint pain is a bad posture at work or while lifting heavy things. “And during the winter, the chance of pain in the joints is high. Hence, people should follow safe practices performing their daily chores and avoid swift actions to prevent joint pain this winter,”he said.

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