Although exercise may seem contraindicated if you have arthritis, any type of physical activity may lessen joint stiffness and joint pain. Here are some low-impact exercises recommended for those having arthritis:
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the inflammation at a joint which results in chronic pain and stiffness. OA is considered a wear-and-tear disease because it occurs due to joint cartilage degeneration usually in the lower back, hips, knees, and feet. Several factors may increase the likelihood of incurring OA including genetic predisposition, older age, obesity, joint injuries, muscle weakness, and nerve injury. The body is not able to readily repair cartilage damage due to limited blood supply. Eventually the deterioration of cartilage may get to the point where there is little, if any, cushion between bones. This is what makes movement difficult and painful. Symptoms of OA include limited joint flexibility, instability, and possible deformity.
Here are ways to manage OA:
Brian Danley, CFT
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