Arthritis is one of the leading causes of pain and disability in older adults.
Typically, healthy joints have cartilage that cover the surface of the bones, allowing for smooth movement. Arthritis however, is a common chronic condition of the joint where the cartilage that lines the bone breaks down. This leaves the bone unprotected, meaning movement in the joint becomes less smooth, causing pain and discomfort.
When people experience pain in their joints, many try to stop any movement that causes pain in fear of making it worse.
But did you know?
Exercise can help manage your arthritis by:
- Reducing joint stiffness
- Reducing pain
- Maintain muscle strength
- Improve physical function
Some forms of exercise you can try include:
- Strength training: To build muscle strength required for everyday activities
- Aerobic exercise: To improve your endurance
- Hydrotherapy: Exercise completed in a heated pool with minimal load on your joints
If you have any existing medical condition, it is recommended to see an Exercise Physiologist before you start engaging in exercise for your arthritis. Our exercise physiologist Amelia is here Tuesday- Friday to provide you advice and tailor an exercise program suited to your needs to ensure it is safe and beneficial.