Get Active to Help Relieve Arthritis Pain

Senior-Health-Update-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-February-2016Long gone are the days when doctors told people with arthritis to “rest their joints.” In fact, physical activity can 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. Physical activity can also help people with arthritis manage other chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

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. Being physically active also can delay the onset of disability if you have arthritis.

Of course, people with arthritis may have a difficult time being physically active because of symptoms (e.g., pain, stiffness); their lack of confidence in knowing how much and what to do; and unclear expectations of when they will see benefits. Both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities are proven to work well, and both are recommended for people with arthritis. Check with your doctor before starting your exercise program.

–Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention