Regular exercise is a major component of the treatment of arthritis. Be it, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or juvenile arthritis to name a few. Many people think because arthritis is not curable they cannot be helped. Arthritis can be managed so that you can lead a normal active life.
Management includes maintaining flexibility, physiotherapy treatment via stretches and regular exercises.
Prescribed exercises help because:
- they strengthen your muscles and will help protect your joints
- flexibility means less pain and less risk of injury
- keeping your weight down reduces stress on weight bearing joints, and
- regular weight bearing exercises like walking helps nourish cartilage and strengthen bones, especially with osteoarthritis.