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How does exercise impact joint health?

Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Moving our joints will help ensure that the joint receives adequate nutrients and that waste products will be removed. It will also help ensure that the muscles and other supporting structures around the joint are exercised and strengthened. When muscles around a joint are strong, they take some of the pressure off the joint. When muscles are weak, the static joint must bear the increased pressure.
The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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According to conventional wisdom, arthritis pain is an inevitable part of aging. Not so, says Dr. Grant Cooper in this practical, accessible guide. For those who do develop osteoarthritic conditions,...

Exercise helps protect joints by building strong muscles around them. Stretching exercises improve their range of motion. And activities like swimming, walking and weight lifting increase flexibility and endurance—and also help with weight control, boost energy and improve overall health and fitness.

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