Enjoying An Active Lifestyle With Arthritis
As we celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month, we recognize that arthritis is one of the most commonly treated conditions at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation. We use a variety of expert techniques to assist those who suffer the symptoms and side effects of arthritis.
Despite common belief, arthritis is not just a disease of old age. In fact, two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children. This makes arthritis the leading cause of disability in the United States.
There are some important lifestyle steps you can take to prevent, limit or alleviate symptoms of arthritis including maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly.
Common forms of arthritis are aggravated by obesity. Consider that every one-pound of weight loss results in four pounds of pressure taken off each knee. That’s significant relief, not to mention the other positive health benefits of losing extra weight.
Additionally, it is important to know that exercise is a cornerstone in the treatment of osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis. Walking, swimming, biking, yoga and stretching are good choices for exercise.
“I know from personal experience that by performing specific stretches, manual therapy techniques and exercise we have helped individuals delay a joint replacement for years,” said Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Owner and CEO Amit Gaglani, PT, OCS, CSCS. “In some cases that are not severe we have been able to get patients back to sports. These same patients came in feeling debilitated by their arthritis and thought they would never be active again.”
The benefits of exercise include:
- Less pain and stiffness
- Increased joint strength and range of motion
- Improved function and ability to do activities
- Potential delay in disease progression
- Increased muscle strength around joints to support and stabilize
Finally, exercise that increases your heart and breathing releases brain chemicals that reduce pain and create good feelings while helping to make or keep you fit.
For more information on an appropriate exercise routine for your arthritis, feel free to call us: (732) 494-0895