Exercise for arthritis | Dr. Vasudeva Juvvadi
Any exercise program that aims to offer relief from arthritis pain and stiffness should be within your limits. You should also know the type and level of activity that will give you results.
Why do you need exercise for arthritis pain?
Arthritis causes joint pain and stiffness in the joints. Therefore, people who have arthritis find it difficult to walk or swim. Even the thought of activity or exercise may make them frightened. To overcome stiffness, fatigue, and joint pain, exercise is vital for them. It reduces joint pain, improves flexibility and strength, and overcomes fatigue.
Exercise Helps Ease Joint Pain & Stiffness
Arthritis tends to immobilize you, but even a little activity and moderate exercise keep you moving. You don’t have to work like a champion to combat arthritis stiffness and joint pain. A healthy weight and moderate exercise are enough to help ease your pain and stiffness in the joints.
Why exercise for arthritis is vital?
Exercise can help you improve your health and fitness without hurting your joints. With your current treatment program, exercise can:
While you seek specialist care and treatment for arthritis, exercise can help improve your joint health and fitness levels. Without hurting your joints, exercise can:
- Help control your weight
- Improve your sleep
- Augment your energy levels throughout the day
- Improve your blood circulation
- Strengthen muscles around your joints
- Help maintain your bones’ strength
- Give you more energy to get through the day
- Improve your balance
- Help manage your body weight
- Improve the quality of your life
Many people have the wrong notion that exercise can make their condition worse by aggravating their joint pain and stiffness. But, in reality, exercise does the opposite to your joint by lessening stiffness and pain.
Your joints have strong supporting muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These structures help keep your joints strong and impart support to your bones and cartilage. If you don’t exercise the supporting tissues weaken and create excess stress on the joints.
Consult your orthopedic doctor first
Discuss with your doctor the type of exercise for arthritis that is beneficial to you and that can fit into your treatment plan. The type of exercise that helps you depends on the type of arthritis and the joints that are affected. Your orthopedic doctor and physiotherapist will work out an exercise plan that is most beneficial and least tough on your joints.