A Healthy Musculoskeletal System

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A Healthy Musculoskeletal System
Cris Lambdin
HCA240 Health & Disease; Understanding Pathos of Pathology February 16, 2012
Dr. Lorie Larson

Are you age 50 or older? Do your bones ache; do your joints hurt, or your muscles ache? If so you may be experiencing early symptoms of arthritis or osteoporosis, two of the most common problems with maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system. You should know that you are not alone, and there are many things you can do for yourself. Number one being; consult a physician, early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important in managing and fighting both arthritis and osteoporosis. Learn of your risk factors for developing either arthritis or osteoporosis. Risk Factors| Arthritis| Osteoporosis|

Age| Increases with age *| Increases with age|
Gender| Most common in Women| Most common in women, (small frame & thinned boned)| Genetics| Family History| Family History History of Anorexia| Ethnicity| | Caucasian and Asian|
Diet | Unhealthy diet| Unhealthy Diet & Low Calcium or Vitamin D intake| Obesity| Excessive weight | Excessive weight |
Smoking| Tobacco use| Tobacco use|
Alcohol| Excessive consumption| Excessive consumption|
Lifestyle| Inactivity| Inactivity|
Occupation| Repetitive tasks *| |
Injury | Joint Injuries (car accidents, etc.) or joint infections| | *People of all ages can develop arthritis, children, teens, and adults; it is most common among those over age 65. *Machine operators, seamstresses, printmakers, farmers and those exposed to asbestos. Chart References; (CDC, 2011), (CDC, 2012), (Smith, J., & G., 1997-2005) and (Surgeon General, 2002)

Physical activity/exercise and a healthy diet seem to be two of the most effective components in maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system. The bones of our skeleton provide...
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