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Important Arthritis Exercise

Jan 29th, 2012
Venus Ramos, M.D.

Exercise is an essential tool in managing arthritis. While you may fear that it may aggravate your joint pain and stiffness, research has actually shown it to improve arthritis symptoms. Exercise strengthens the muscles surrounding the joints, thereby maintaining support for the bones. Lack of exercise allows those supporting muscles to weaken, increasing the stress on the joint. In addition to reducing pain and stiffness, exercise improves flexibility and endurance as well as helps weight control.

Check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. The type of exercise you should do depends on the type of arthritis and the joints involved. Often times, the pain of arthritis is such that there is a lot of reluctance to do engage in exercise. In that case, it may be wise to start with an aquatic program where buoyancy in the water can reduce stress on the weight-bearing joints like the hips, knees, and spine.