Do you feel discomfort in your joints during the regular stride of a garden? Or you feel occasional stiffness of your joint? Or you are at a higher risk for musculoskeletal disorder? If the answer to any of the questions is yes, it is important to undergo regular muscle and joint check-ups.
Almost 43% of the Canadian population suffers from a musculoskeletal disorder. Your body is designed to be active and mobile. However, in the current scenario, the majority of the people have a desk job that compels them to sit in front of a laptop throughout the day. This, in turn, is increasing the risk of joint and muscle injury. Despite regular physical activity and adequate nutrition, the incidence of muscle and joint disorders are on the rise. Thus, the need for regular muscle and joint check-up is higher than ever.
Benefits of Regular Muscle and Joint Check-Ups
Musculoskeletal system check-up, similar to that of any system, helps to identify a condition at an initial stage, prevent further complications, understand the body’s response to treatment, and to diagnose a condition. Some important benefits include:
Preventing musculoskeletal disorders
Abnormal functioning of the bones or muscles may cause fatigue, lowering the quality of life. Consulting a physician or a physiotherapist can help you understand your activities responsible for stress on the muscles or joints. In addition, a regular health check-up can pick up any biochemical fault, which lowers the risk of injuries to your musculoskeletal system.
Detecting Degenerative Changes
Degenerative changes in the bones may cause loss of bone mass, which makes them fragile and increases the risk of fracture. Other changes include stiffness, decreased mobility, increased wear and tear of cartilage, and loss of muscle tissue. All these changes increase the risk of inflammation and results in pain, deformity, and stiffness of the affected joint. Although you cannot stop these degenerative changes, you can slow them down and prevent complications, such as deformities and fractures associated with them. Regular check-ups help to catch degenerative changes at an earlier stage, improving the outcome associated with them.
Preventing Bone Mass Loss
The bone may lose its density because of various reasons, such as low metabolic rate, less physical activity, and hormonal changes. This change in bone density may go unnoticed if regular check-ups are not carried out. Change in bone density increases the risk of fracture and other complications. If the tests show bone mass changes, your doctor may advise supplements and exercises to prevent complications.
Lowering the Risk of Deformity
Apart from degenerative changes, bone and muscle deformity can be due to other reasons, such as muscle weakness. If not detected and treated in time, these changes may cause weakness and pain in the affected limb. Moreover, these changes can hasten the wear and tear of your joints. Undergoing check-up will help in maintaining bone and muscle health, which helps in lowering the risk of deformity and keeps you going without pain and weakness.
Of note, if your tests indicate bone or muscle disorder, physiotherapy can help you with exercise and therapies to manage the condition as well as slow down their progression.