Staying active is one of the most important things you can do to ease arthritis pain. In fact, research has shown that exercise, physical therapy and lifestyle changes can help to keep people with arthritis active, reduce pain, and slow the progress of arthritis.
A recent study found that 90% of osteoarthritis patients were not getting the minimum amount of recommended activity per week. Experts say that exercise can help to reduce both long and short term pain and improve physical function in arthritis patients. People with joint pain can benefit from functional strength training that includes strength, endurance and balance exercises that help to ease everyday movements such as walking.
Physical therapy can also bring pain relief and can be an alternative to surgery. Physical therapy consists of soft tissue massage and keeping joints mobile. Additionally, ice and heat, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation can be used to reduce pain.
Lifestyle changes can also help to keep joints mobile and ease pain. In fact, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping muscles balanced can help to slow down joint damage and progression of osteoarthritis.
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