Nutrition and exercise is key in easing joint pain

The altered lifestyle experienced during lockdown has had many adverse health consequences, one of which is increased pain and discomfort in joints.

Health experts advise that, through a dedicated regime of nutrients and exercise, joint stiffness and pain can be effectively managed.

“During lockdown, people either did many repetitive exercises and developed overuse joint injuries, or weren’t mobile enough and then came out of lockdown and got injured doing too much too soon,” said Lynne Mackey, a biokineticist at Kings Park Sport Medical Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, previous masters surf champion, and competitive marathon and trail runner.

“This year has also seen an increase in neck and back conditions due to home-based work set ups. This included using the wrong chair, the wrong desk height, overeating and a general lack of exercise.”

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