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A regular exercise program is an important part of anyone's
lifestyle. If you have
osteoarthritis, check with your health professional
before beginning or continuing any exercise so that you can determine whether
it is safe and effective for osteoarthritic joints.
Stretching exercises will help prevent the stiffness associated with
osteoarthritis and help prevent injury. Strengthening muscles and ligaments
makes arthritic joints stronger and reduces stress on the joint. Stronger thigh
muscles, for example, take some of the stress off of weight-bearing joints such
as knees and hips. Simple exercise, such as walking, can significantly decrease
physical therapist sometimes is needed to help a
person with damaged joints or joint replacement learn the best exercise for his
or her particular condition.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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