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Exercise to Ease Arthritis Pain

Exercise to Ease Arthritis Pain

Move It to Lose It: keep arthritis pain at bay by staying active

Arthritis affects around 52.5 million people in the US alone. That’s a large group of people that find themselves aching more than they used to. For many, it can be tempting to soothe your pain by avoiding exercise.

That mindset has proven to be folly, however. Several studies have shown that remaining sedimentary for too long can actually worsen your arthritis symptoms. It can be too easy to begin a cycle of avoiding physical activity as a form of pain management, becoming more stiff and achy due to lack of movement, and then further avoiding exercise because your joints have become too painful.

While working out will not cure your arthritis, the benefits are still substantial. Instead of furthering the pain in your joints, exercise has been shown to delay the worsening of arthritis pain. Introducing the right amount/kind of exercise into your life can improve:

increase mobility with exercise

 

Mobility

Function

Pain management

Mood

Joint specialists generally will now recommend light to moderate exercise several times a week. The CDC suggests a combination of aerobic and strengthening exercises for maximum benefit.

What are some low-impact exercises for adults with arthritis?

First and foremost, you should consult your joint health doctor about which exercises are good for you specifically. Pay attention to how your body responds to different types of physical activity. It’s normal to be sore for a day or two after exercising, but experiencing pain beyond that may be a sign that that particular exercise is not right for you.

Consider these 8 exercises for staying active with arthritis:

Elliptical Workouts for Arthritis

 

  1. Yoga

    Yoga can help you improve your muscle strength, flexibility, and balance, while increasing respiratory endurance.

  2. Tai Chi

    Tai chi involves slow, gentle movements and, like yoga, helps with mobility and balance.

  3. Elliptical workouts

    Elliptical machines offer the cardio benefits of running without putting as much strain on your knees and ankles.

  4. Walking

    Taking a brisk walk on a flat surface is a great way to get your blood pumping without straining your joints. Rubberized asphalt tracks are great for this.

  5. Walking in the pool

    Walking laps in the shallow end of the pool is just as effective as walking on land, but is even milder on your joints.

  6. Cycling

    Riding a bike on a flat surface (or using a stationary bike) is excellent cardio for those with arthritis, thanks to how gentle it is on your knees and ankles.

  7. Swimming

    Just like walking laps in the pool, swimming offers the benefits of light exercise without putting you at risk of overworking your joints.

  8. Stretching

    You should always stretch before and after your workouts. Depending on how long you exercise in one go, you may also want to stretch in the middle of your workout as well. Lightly stretching your limbs/joints helps keep you limber and prevents injury.

If you suffer from arthritis, work to stay as active as possible to help ease your symptoms. Talk to your arthritis specialist to learn more about exercises that you could try today.

 

Dr. Kasraeian - Surgeon St AugustineSINA KASRAEIAN, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has extensive training in arthroscopy and sports medicine reconstructive procedures.

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