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Ligament Injuries

How Ligament Injuries and Aging Are Related

Every organ and system within the body are affected by aging. Bones constantly change through a process of formation and absorption that’s called remodeling. This balance can change over time, resulting in a loss of bone tissue. Ligaments are the connective tissue that’s located between the bones. Over time, ligaments can become less elastic and result in reduced flexibility. This can result in an increased chance for injuries or mysterious pains.

Joint motion can also become more restricted with age. This is due to changes in the tendons and the ligaments. When cartilage starts to break down from being used for a lifetime, these joints can become inflamed and arthritic.

It’s possible to counteract the effects of aging on ligament injuries by exercising more often. Even a sedentary lifestyle can cause changes in the musculoskeletal system simply from lack of use, rather than aging. Joints can become stiffer due to the connective tissue within the ligaments and tendons becoming more rigid and brittle over time. This can also lead to a limit in the range of motions that the muscles can perform.

Preventing Ligament Injuries

The most common age group to be affected by lack of exercise are people who are older than 50 years of age. Ligament injuries can be prevented by stretching, which helps to maintain ligament and joint flexibility. Walking and weight training are also good to help increase muscle mass, strength, and flexibility of ligaments. Even a few hours a week can help people to continue their regular daily activities without having to stress their bodies too much.

Long term exercise can also help to prevent the loss of muscle mass and prevent buildup of fat in the body that can affect your mobility. It will also enable your body to utilize oxygen more efficiently. Even 30 minutes a day of moderate activity can provide maximum health benefits. It’s never too late to start reversing the effects of aging on ligaments and to stop ligament injuries from occurring.

If you’re experiencing stiffness, soreness, or a loss of movement in your knees, elbows, or other joints, a visit to a sports medicine center to help diagnose and treat your condition is important. Your sports therapy doctor can assist in choosing the safest exercises and suggest a good diet plan and supplements that can help to reduce aging and potential ligamental injuries in the body.

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