Doctor Álvaro Sanjuán, doctor specialized in sports medicine, rehabilitation and bone densitometry
With more than thirty years of experience as a sports doctor, he specializes in work injuries, sports injuries, prevention and rehabilitation. Learn about his career and health recommendations.
Dr. Álvaro Sanjuán
Graduated in Medicine and Surgery (1982-1988) from the Literary University of Valencia.
Experience of 34 years in private medicine, mainly in the area of work accidents, sports injuries, prevention and rehabilitation.
He is currently the Medical Director of the SERIMED Clinic, in Montserrat (Valencia), with services of family medicine, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, sports medicine, imaging diagnosis (digital radiology, high-resolution ultrasound and doppler, and bone mineral densitometry), as well as other medical-surgical specialties.
1. You specialize in Bone Densitometry, something that perhaps is not so well known. Could you tell us what bone densitometry is? What type of patients undergo this?
Bone Densitometry (BMD) is a measurement of the calcium content of the bone at a given time. It is done to see the progress and it is usually recommended to be carried out from the age of 45-50, especially for women from the menopause and men over 50 years of age with osteoarticular pain.
In specific cases, this test is also carried out on patients in a situation of rest or extended immobilization, in cases of polytrauma to rule out post-traumatic osteoporosis, in long-term patients with corticosteroids, or in patients with serious alterations of Vitamin D3 and Parathormona in blood, or in the face of alterations in the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus.
Depending on the result of the first test, another would be performed each one, two or three years maximum.
2. What type of people predominantly come to your practice and what situations or pathologies are the most common?
Primarily people affected by degenerative pathologies of the osteoarticular system. On a daily basis, people also come who have suffered serious work and sports accidents such as dislocations, sprains, fractures, tendinitis, among others.
3. Through your daily consultations as a doctor and your speciality in rehabilitation, what healthy advice is, in your opinion, the most important that we should all take into account for the health of our bones and joints?
Without a doubt, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, practising exercise at a moderate intensity, and having a varied and balanced diet. Personally, I usually advise dietary supplementation from the age of 35, and earlier if the person usually practises sport at a level of more than 6 hours a week.
4. Why do you usually recommend dietary supplements in joint care for your patients?
The reason is easy: I use them myself and they work very well. You just have to be patient and consistent to notice the results.
5. What are the active ingredients of dietary supplements that you most recommend for joint wellbeing?
The fundamental ingredient that I recommend for osteoarticular health is vitamin D3. Certainly associated with collagen, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate (chondroitin), glucosamine, vitamin C and magnesium. Then, other vitamins and trace elements like selenium, zinc, or iron.