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Should you exercise if you have osteoarthritis?
Researchers respond with an emphatic, "Yes!"
Strengthening the opposing muscles that surround the arthritic joint has multiple benefits. Choose a low impact activity and exercise at a moderate intensity. You will be rewarded with:
- A decrease in inflammation
- Strength gains
- Increased mobility
- Fewer joint injuries
- Decreased pain
- Maintenance of normal gait patterns, which minimizes skeletal misalignment
Many people who suffer from osteoarthritis worry that exercise will worsen their symptoms. Research indicates this is not the case. For more information, check out the CDC guidelines and consult with your doctor. Then get moving!