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Exercise to Ease Joint Pain

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

Certain joint pain occurs when the cartilage that protects the ends of your bones wears away, causing the bones in the affected joints to rub together. This rubbing can cause pain, swelling and a lack of movement in the affected joint. This particular degenerative joint condition has no cure, but including daily exercise in your treatment plan may help you manage symptoms well enough to lead a relatively normal life. Exercise is thought to be the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement for people with such joint conditions.

The University of Missouri-Columbia Virtual Health Care Team identifies five core objectives for exercising to manage joint conditions. These exercise objectives include improving your overall physical and mental health; reducing the degree of disability and fatigue this condition can lead to; and reducing risk factors that can cause joint pain to worsen over time. A mixture of health and fitness exercises can help you accomplish these objectives.

Exercising with weights can sometimes cause too much trauma on the joints to be effective. The buoyancy of water, however, not only provides resistance to movement, but can help stabilize your body. You should consider activities such as walking in waist or chest-deep water, moving your arms and legs under water to help improve joint mobility or even water aerobics to help improve your cardiovascular health.

You don’t need to join a class or be in tremendous physical shape to benefit from exercise. Simple activities such as walking on a treadmill, riding a stationary bicycle or even going for a gentle walk after dinner can help treat your condition. Remember that the goal of exercising with a joint condition is to help improve strength and flexibility without placing any unnecessary stress on your joints. Talk to your doctor about activities you’re considering pursuing to ensure that they are right for you.

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