The pages in this section provide information about health conditions relating to bones, muscles and joints.
NHS Choices offers information about possible causes of joint pain and self-management advice, and links to more information on specific conditions.
NHS choices gives an overview, and prevention and management of sports injuries. It links to information about managing specific conditions including
- broken ankle
- broken leg
- cartilage damage
- hamstring injuries
- heel pain
- sprains and strains
- shin pain
General exercise and increasing physical activity
Physical activity will improve your overall health. It can improve the fitness of your heart and lungs, increase bone strength, reduce body weight and reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes. It will also improve mobility and joint flexibility, muscle strength, and posture and balance, while decreasing pain, tiredness, muscle tension and stress.
- NHS Choices has information about the 12-week NHS weight loss plan and links to many resources about healthy diets and exercise.
- Change for life provides links, information and ideas to help support you to increase your physical activity and improve your overall health.
- Zing Somerset provides a searchable database of information to help you find out about sports and activities across Somerset. It also allows you to track your exercise progress.
- Somerset Active Living has a network of over 110 community, voluntary groups, clubs and organisations across Somerset for people aged 50 and over.
- Age UK Somerset provides information and links to exercise activities for older people in Somerset and North Somerset.
- Moving Forward gives information and route guides for walking and cycling in Somerset, alongside other travel information for the county.
Looking after your bones
You can learn about what you can do to reduce your risks of osteoporosis on the National Osteoporosis Society website.
You can also find out more by watching this video about osteoporosis on the Age UK website. It gives tips for managing the condition and how you can reduce your risk of breaking a bone, and keeping active and well.
- Bones get thinner with age. To keep them strong include lots of calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Drink milk and eat dairy products, meat, fish, poultry, fruit and vegetables.
- Sunlight is the main source of vitamin D, so get 15 minutes of sun a day on your skin during the summer months, without sunscreen, taking care not to burn.
- Keep yourself as active as possible to help avoid the risk of weight problems, which can lead to more serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and strokes.
- Do activities to maintain your muscle and bone strength at least twice a week, like walking, gardening, or carrying shopping.
- Some activities can help improve your balance and co-ordination, these include dancing, Tai Chi and balance exercises. Aim to do these at least twice a week if it is safe for you.
- Try not to sit for long periods. Get up and move around to keep your circulation healthy.
- Ask your doctor if you could benefit from any medicine to make your bones stronger.
You can find more information on these websites.