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will exercise relieve the symptoms of arthritis?

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Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 17 years experience
Not really...: Inflammatory arthritis like RA can put a person at risk of injuring their joints from intense or pounding exercises.Light to moderate exercise will be good for your joints, but will not control the inflammation itself.I advise my patients to avoid heavy or intense exercise until we get their disease under control with meds. Osteoarthritis may be worsened by some types of exercise.Swimming is good!
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
It can: There is data that suggests that for individuals with osteoarthritis in the knee or elsewhere, that programs combining strengthening and aerobic exercise, reduce symptoms, improve joint motion and function, enhance coordination and balance, and control body weight.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Slowly & surely.: Exercise is generally good for achiness, but start slow - warm-up, low-impact aerobic work (bicycling, elliptical), easy stretching once warmed up, light weights. Try to exercise on most days of the week - consistency is important in this regard.

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Use it or lose it.: Good question. Low impact exercise like walking, biking, water exercise, tai chi are all terrific. Stretching and strengthening are important too. What would be fun for you to do?

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