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Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Reading, PA

Good nutrition is essential for healthy bones and joints, but it's often overlooked. At Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates in Reading, Pennsylvania, their nutrition specialist offers education and guidance to people receiving orthopaedic care. Nutrition counseling helps you make better snack and meal decisions to support optimal bone and joint health. Call Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates to schedule a nutrition consultation, or book your appointment online today.

Nutrition Q&A

What is the role of nutrition in terms of bone and joint health?

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the easiest ways to support your bone and joint health. When you get enough calcium and vitamin D, you’re less likely to develop common health problems, such as osteoporosis. A balanced diet can even reduce your risk of injuries like fractures.

At Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates, nutrition counseling is in every treatment plan. When combined with exercise and regular checkups, nutrition provides a foundation for optimal musculoskeletal well-being.

Can better nutrition lessen inflammation and pain from arthritis?

Yes. Avoiding or reducing your intake of certain foods like red meat, fast food, and sweets can help keep your joints in good shape. The team encourages everyone with arthritis and other joint problems to eat an antiinflammatory diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytochemicals (plant-based compounds).

Which nutrients are necessary for good health?

Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates encourages everyone with musculoskeletal issues to eat a nutritious diet that includes the following:


Healthy adults need about 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day, according to the National Institutes of Health. By eating a nutritious diet, you can get all of the calcium you need without taking supplements.

To increase your calcium intake, make sure your meals and snacks include dairy products, like milk and cheese, green leafy vegetables, like broccoli and cabbage, and nuts and seeds.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient provided by the sun’s rays. It’s also found in certain foods but is difficult to obtain through diet alone. Spending time outside is an easy way to boost your vitamin D intake, but you might also benefit from taking a vitamin D supplement.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K supports bone formation and mineralization. It also helps channel calcium in your blood to your bones instead of your blood vessels. Foods rich in vitamin K include leafy greens, kiwi, asparagus, and pumpkin.

How do I know if improved nutrition is right for me?

All people benefit from improved nutrition, but the only way to know if you’re low in certain bone-building nutrients is to meet with a qualified orthopaedic specialist.

After a thorough intake and medical history review, your Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates provider assesses your risk and makes nutrition recommendations.

Is diet the only way to improve my nutrition?

Eating a healthy, balanced diet significantly improves the nutrition you receive, but it might not be enough to ensure optimal health. Depending on your age and health history, your provider might recommend vitamins, nutritional supplements, or medication.

Call Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates to schedule a nutrition counseling appointment. (610) 779-2663