A Remedy for Stiff Joints

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Hi, I'm Dr. Wright. If you're among the one in eight Americans coping with the stiff achy joints of Osteoarthritis, it's time to get moving, gently of course. Yet half of all women and nearly as many men with arthritic knee stay still most of the time, because they're afraid it will make their arthritis worse.

But exercising, even if just strolling around the house is the best thing you can do for stiff back, knees or hips. It's counterintuitive, but movement is great arthritis medicine. It eases pain by keeping your joints flexible and strengthening leg muscles that act as shock absorbers for your knee joints.

Movement also lubricates cartilage which keeps it healthier, and it helps lower the risks of heart attacks, strokes, which are often high in people with arthritis, in part because they don't move. Talk with your doctor about the best exercise options for you. Walking and water exercise are almost always safe choices, but check whether there are moves you should avoid.

I'm Dr. Vonda Wright. For more ways to fight pain, watch all our health smarts videos, right here.