Staying Active Can Help Ease Pain

It has been quite some time since doctors told people with arthritis to “rest their joints.” We now know that physical activity can help reduce pain and improve function, mobility, mood, and quality of life for most adults with many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and lupus.

Most people with arthritis can safely participate in a self-directed physical-activity program or join one of many proven programs available in communities across the country. Some people may benefit from physical or occupational therapy.

Regular physical activity is just as important for people with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions as it is for all children and adults. Studies have shown that participation in moderate-intensity, low-impact physical activity improves all of these areas without worsening symptoms or disease severity. Being physically active can also delay the onset of disability if you have arthritis. Both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities are proven to work well, and both are recommended for people with arthritis. Talk with your doctor about what exercises might be best for you.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention