Most adults with arthritis don’t exercise. In South Carolina and North Carolina up to 70% of adults with arthritis get less than 90 minutes of exercise each week.
This is not surprising. Arthritis pain – especially from osteoarthritis in the hips, knees, shoulder and lower back – can be painful. Yet, failing to exercise can worsen the pain and put you at greater risk of losing your mobility.
WHY DOES EXERCISE RELIEVE PAIN?
Research indicates that moderate-intensity, low-impact activity improves your mood and function along with reducing pain – all without worsening symptoms or the severity of your arthritis. Exercise increases blood flow bringing nutrients to your cartilage. Exercise also helps strengthen your muscles surrounding the joints with arthritis, easing the work of the joints and protecting the remaining cartilage.
A study at the University of North Carolina found that people with arthritis who exercised twice a week for about an hour each time reported significant declines in pain and fatigue.
LET’S GET STARTED
Some simple rules to govern your exercise:
Here are some suggested exercises for four main areas affected by arthritis:
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE
If you are suffering from arthritis, especially osteoarthritis in your hip or knee, talk to your Orthopedic Specialist about non-surgical options and treatments. Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common and most successful surgeries performed.
If you need help with an exercise program, talk with a personal trainer or exercise specialist, such as the one founds at the McLeod Health & Fitness Center in Florence, the McLeod Center for Fitness & Health in Loris or the McLeod Health & Fitness Center Clarendon in Manning.
Sources include: McLeod Health, Arthritis Foundation, US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons