Pursuing an Active Life With Arthritis
Even with relatively advanced arthritis, it is important to maintain an exercise regimen, with modifications as needed to minimize overuse of damaged joints.
â€œYou should exercise affected joints,â€ Dr. Brandt said. â€œMuscles around the joints can atrophy â€” use them or lose them â€” and result in even more pain and stiffness.â€ He suggested consulting a physical therapist or exercise physiologist to help design â€œan exercise program that permits loading joints appropriately.â€
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