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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredExercise can help reduce stiffness and relieve arthritis pain. Ask your doctor or physical therapist about developing a program of gentle stretching, low-impact aerobics, or a therapeutic yoga class. You may need to build up your strength gradually, including resting between activities.
Natalie E. Azar, MD, Rheumatology, answered
Exercise can reduce the pain from arthritis, both in the short term and over time, as strength is developed. Watch as rheumatologist Natalie Azar, MD, discusses the factors to consider when choosing activities and why it's important to mix it up.
Exercise can be a part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment program. It can help strengthen the muscles around your joints and maintain bone strength. Keeping your muscles and surrounding tissue strong is crucial to maintaining support for your bones and helping take stress off of your joints. Lack of exercise can actually make your joints more painful and stiff. It is always a good idea to discuss any exercise regimen with your physician.
Exercise can significantly reduce arthritis pain in older women. Older people can improve their chances of staying pain-free from arthritis by exercising regularly, according to a study that looked at 8,750 Australian women in different age groups: 48 to 55 years and 72 to 79 years. The researchers stressed that findings showed that increased exercise led to less pain, as those who exercised 2 1/2 hours a week reported less discomfort from arthritis than those women who exercised one hour and 15 minutes.