Did you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States? 22% of adults have arthritis. For many of my patients a diagnosis conjures up fears of needles, medication side effects, and ultimately--surgery. Most look at me with disbelief when I tell them that exercise--even weightbearing exercise--may actually help alleviate their pain.
Numerous medical studies have shown that physical activity is an important but underused intervention for adults with arthritis that decreases pain, delays the onset of disability, improves physical functioning, mood and independence, and enhances quality of life, aerobic capacity, and muscle strength.
Here are some recommendations for all adults:
For more ideas on exercise activities: http://www.health.gov/