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Your musculoskeletal system supports you and helps you move. It's made up of your bones and joints. It also includes muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
You can injure muscles, ligaments, and tendons. You may get a strain, a sprain, or a problem from overuse.
Problems with bones and joints include osteoporosis, arthritis, and breaks or fractures.
Keep your muscles healthy, strong, and flexible. This helps protect your joints and strengthen your bones. Increase your muscle strength. This can help your balance and posture and help you avoid falls.
Your bones need calcium, vitamin D, and exercise to stay strong. Avoid smoking, and limit alcohol. Smoking and heavy alcohol use can make your bones thinner.
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Current as of: September 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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