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Although arthritis is a chronic condition, patients can still lead active lives with a manageable amount of pain, fatigue and disability, especially if they follow a daily exercise routine.

Exercise reduces joint pain and stiffness, and increases flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance. It also helps with weight reduction and enhances a sense of well-being.

Studies for instance, have shown that strengthening the quadriceps muscles can reduce knee pain and disability associated with osteoarthritis. One study shows that a relatively small increase in strength (20-25 percent) can lead to a 20-30 percent decrease in the chance of developing osteoarthritis of the knee.

What Are the Kind of Exercises for Arthritis that a Patient Can Follow?

There are three main categories:

Weight control is important in arthritis because extra weight puts extra pressure on joints. Aerobics also reduce inflammation in some joints.

How Does One Start an Exercise Program for Osteoarthritis?

A skilled physician, knowledgeable about the medical and rehabilitation needs of people with arthritis or physical therapists, can design effective exercise plans for each patient. Depending upon the severity of the condition, the doctor will either recommend his own exercises or refer you to a physical therapist. The latter will know about pain-relief methods, proper body mechanics (placement of the body for a given task, such as lifting a heavy box), joint protection, and energy conservation.

For starters, one should stick to easy, range-of-motion exercises or low-impact aerobics.

How Often Should You Exercise?

When To Exercise

In general, it is best to exercise:

Are There Different Exercises for People With Different Types of Arthritis?

Experienced doctors, physical therapists, and occupational therapists can recommend exercises that are helpful for specific types of arthritis or specific joint pain issues.

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

Experts suggest that you must stop as soon as you begin to feel lingering pain. You might feel some discomfort during exercise which can be expected if your muscles have atrophied. Reduce your arthritis exercise program whenever you notice any of the following signs:

Stop right away if:

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