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Is it safe to exercise during an inflammatory arthritis flare?

Geraldine M. Navarro, MD
Rheumatology
During an inflammatory arthritis flare, it can be safe to exercise. People should:
 
  • decrease the length and intensity of exercise
  • do daily range-of-motion activities
  • do daily hand and wrist exercises
  • stretch before getting out of bed
  • stretch before exercising
  • avoid extreme neck movements or pressure on the neck
  • avoid over-stretching, especially the hands and wrists
  • avoid high-impact exercise
  • if they are taking steroids, alert their doctor if there is new hip or groin pain

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