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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
December 18, 2013
Category: Arthritis

If you have arthritis, are you wondering whether there are dos and don’ts when it comes to physical activity? There may have been a day when having arthritis meant a life sentence of “taking it easy.” Years of study and research have changed that mindset. Exercise is good! It can improve the functioning of your joints, alleviate pain, and increase mobility.

Before you jump off the couch and sign up for the closest triathlon or the nearest obstacle laden warrior dash, let us give you just a few guidelines to remember. The first thing you need to do is clear your activity with a medical professional. Dr. Philip Pinsker can advise you on the best type of exercise based on the severity of your arthritis. The wrong activity, or overdoing an appropriate workout routine, could lead to further pain and serious injury.

After you have received the go-ahead, pace yourself. Choose activities that will build up the muscle around your joints without putting too much stress on them. Work up to being able to get in at least 2 ½ hours of moderate aerobic exercise every week. It is encouraged to aim for two days a week of muscle strengthening exercises using your own body weight, dumbbells, machines, or resistance bands.  Add a daily routine of flexibility and balance exercises to maintain proper joint range of motion. Good choices of exercise would include swimming, cycling, and walking. It may be best to avoid running, tennis, and high impact forms of exercise.

We are here to help you if you are struggling with the pain of arthritis. Contact Dr. Philip Pinsker with any questions or for treatment. Call our office in Washington, PA today at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment.

 

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