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How to Stay Active with Arthritis

Nothing brings an active lifestyle and exercise routine to a grinding halt like joint pain and inflammation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 54 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis and rheumatic condition every year. That’s why finding the right activities to both maintain physical health and protect the joints is a key component of a successful treatment plan for men and women suffering from arthritis.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from arthritis-related joint pain and stiffness, we can help. Our pain management doctor Navdeep Jassal, MD, offers a range of pain management solutions and treatments at the Spine and Pain Institute of Florida in Lakeland, Florida.

Why is physical activity important when you have arthritis?

When people are experiencing pain, especially chronic pain that can make even basic movements like getting out of bed or walking up a flight of stairs painful, exercise and physical activity is probably one of the last things to come to mind. But staying active with appropriate exercise is necessary to maintain flexibility and range of motion, as well as to prevent muscle atrophy, which can put further pressure on inflamed and damaged joints.

The best exercise for arthritis-related joint pain and stiffness

Common arthritis symptoms, like fatigue, exhaustion, and joint pain, can make it difficult (if not impossible) to stay active and maintain a regular workout routine. But drastically cutting back or eliminating exercise can actually make joint pain worse. The trick is to modify movements so they’re gentle on the joints and help to ease the pain on the joints.

The following activities are recommended for their low-impact and strength-training properties:

There are many different forms of arthritis, and pain and joint stiffness can range from mild to severe. Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Jassal may recommend a combination of physical therapy and medication to help keep you active. 

Some of the additional treatment options available for arthritis in addition to physical therapy and exercise include:

Dr. Jassal will perform a comprehensive exam and help you find the best exercise and pain management plan for your symptoms.

For more information on how to manage and treat the symptoms of arthritis and other rheumatic joint problems and chronic pain, contact us at the Spine and Pain Institute of Florida to schedule an appointment at our Lakeland office today.

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