Treating Joint Pain with Physical Activity, Self-Management Programs

By Lia Steakley

From Medical news and conversation from Stanford School of Medicine

Many of us, myself included, have been told it’s best to put fitness routines on hold and take it easy when faced with joint pain. But now it seems sitting on the couch and waiting for the pain to dissipate may not be the most effective treatment, especially when the diagnosis is osteoarthritis.

As Stanford’s Kate Lorig, DrPH, comments today in the Wall Street Journal, “The most dangerous exercise you can do when you have arthritis is none.”

More from the article: Studies have shown that weight loss, combined with exercises aimed at improving joint function and building up muscles that support the joints, can significantly improve patients’ health and quality of life compared with medication alone.

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