Physical Activity; A Great Pain Reliever for Arthritis

Do you have Arthritis? Join the other 50 million people in the United States who have one of the many forms of Arthritis.

It is important for those with Arthritis to know that exercise is a safe and effective pain reliever and self-management tool. Talk with your health care professional to determine what exercise is right for you.

Generally speaking, at least thirty minutes per day of exercise is the goal for a person with Arthritis. If that amount of exercise time sounds daunting in the beginning, the exercise can be broken down into smaller pieces – like walking for 10 minutes at a time, three times per day. Being physically active may help you feel more in control of your life – physical activity can be walking, swimming, biking, dancing, gardening or washing your car.

Spring has sprung! Take advantage of this time of year to develop an exercise plan. Physical Activity is the Arthritis pain reliever!

For a free brochure about Exercise and Arthritis, call LMH Connect Care at (785) 749-5800 or send an e-mail to aynsley.anderson@lmh.org. For more information about exercise and Arthritis or Arthritis in general, visit www.cdc/gov/Arthritis or call 1-800-232-4636.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 1 month ago

I have a lot of problems with any article that gives medical advice such as this to people who may be afflicted. Every person is a separate case and to have these blanket assissments on vital health issues is very dangerous.

My own experience has been that arthritis has nearly made me immobile and that such stupid advice as continuing to try to walk and further inflame already damaaged joints is most disconcerting.

These issues should be discussed and decided by a doctor and not some stupid newsblog.

Aynsley Anderson 6 years, 1 month ago

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recently launched a public awareness campaign based on the Centers for Disease Control initiative to encourage exercise to assist with pain relief for those with arthritis. For more information on this, you can visit www.kdheks.gov/arthritis or www.cdc.gov/Arthritis.

As noted in my posting (which was from a KDHE press release), each individual needs to discuss this issue with their own healthcare provider as certain types of exercise may not be appropriate for all people. In many situations, strenuous exercise may not be advised. Usually most people with arthritis can perform gentle exercise although many may have to adapt their regimen based on their own individual limitations. A Physical Therapist is a good resource for those who need assistance with adaptations and/or designing an exercise program.

Again, please consult with your own healthcare provider to come up with strategies to help with pain relief which may include exercise along with others.

Ryan Neuhofel 6 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for the post and resources Aynsley. It seems counterintuitive to many of my patients to exercise when they have arthritis . . . especially when the activity causes them discomfort. Certainly, severe pain should not be part of any exercise regimen, but numerous studies have proven that gentle and low-impact activity reduces the long-term pain and disability of osteoarthritis. I believe maintaing range of motion is the most important aspect of function. There are many activities that are very-low impact that can help achieve that goal. - Dr. Neu

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