A 46-year-old member asked:
Will exercise relieve the symptoms of arthritis?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Pediatric Rheumatology 18 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!
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Internal Medicine 16 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.
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Internal Medicine 26 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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A 50-year-old member asked:
Can exercise relieve symptoms of arthritis?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 32 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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