Living with Osteoarthritis
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Exercise works like a medicine and the dosage of activity is different for everyone. If your knee hurts while doing squats or moving any joint against resistance you need to adjust your alignment and modify the exercise. Usually less intensity decreasing either reps or lbs. helps as well. There are many exercises that are easy and keep the blood flowing around the joints where you need it. If you stop an exercise is because your pain has gotten worst. Swimming is a great non-pounding exercise that has helped many sufferers from osteoarthritis that cannot lift weights. My advice is to find any exercises with or without machines that do not increase your pain, just remember that muscles and some joints usually hurt for 48 hrs. after exercise which is normal. Always warm up and stretch before and after your sessions.
The short answer is yes. The long answer is that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Consulting with your doctor for options in medication, and appropriate exercise is critical to insure that you don’t make it worse. There are options for you regarding exercise,
resistance training etc., but they need to be overseen by a physician and your exercise needs to be designed and monitored by a certified and licensed health and fitness professional.