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Why should I do stretching exercises if I have arthritis?

The following stretches should be very effective for you to perform-hip flexor (standing), inner thigh (seated) and calf complex. With each stretch is important to hold the stretch for 30 seconds and repeat. Also, with any stretch you perform use caution and stretch only within a range of motion that is always pain free.

Dr. Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist

If you have arthritis, stretching all of your muscles will treat any pain you already have, and it will help ensure that you don't develop pain somewhere else, so do as much of a whole-body workout as you can. Emphasizing certain stretching exercises based on your specific needs is good common sense. For example, if you have tight hamstrings, but very flexible hip flexors and quadriceps, stretch your hip flexors and quadriceps less and your hamstrings more.

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