Even basic activities like walking up the stairs or grocery shopping can be painful when you have arthritis. This may make you feel like you need to limit the amount of activity you do, so you don't put any additional strain on your joints. Although you may be tempted to decrease your exercise level when you have joint pain, that's usually not the best solution. In fact, mild to moderate exercise may be one of the best things you can do for your joints.
Exercise strengthens muscles that support weight-bearing joints and increases flexibility. This helps joints work more efficiently and with less pain. Regular activity also offers other benefits in addition to enhancing joint health, such as increased energy, better sleep, and improved mood. And it's good for your heart, too.
Time to Consider Surgery?
If alternatives haven't helped with your knee, hip, or shoulder pain, talk to a doctor about joint replacement.
If you have arthritis, are recovering from an injury, or have chronic joint pain, talk with your doctor before starting any new physical activity. They may suggest you begin with physical therapy, so you learn how to exercise safely without doing further damage to your joints.
Take this quiz to determine which exercise is best for easing joint pain and stiffness.
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If your joints hurt, do you know what types of exercise are best to do? Take our quiz to find out.
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