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Osteoarthritis can be seen as a reason to avoid exercise. However a great infographic from the Institute of Bone and Joint Research shows that even if walking and doing some exercise may hurt the answer is not to avoid those activities as they are both important.

an infographic showing the benefits of exercising with osteoarthritis


Doing some exercise is one of the best ways to support yourself to live with osteoarthritis whatever your age or level of fitness. Regular exercise that keeps you active, builds up muscle and strengthens the joints usually helps to improve symptoms. For example there is evidence that for those with osteoarthritis in the knee then strengthening the muscle in the front of the upper leg can lead to improvements in pain and function.

If you are interested in learning how exercise can help you manage your osteoarthritis then for more information please get in contact with helenrothwell@wholelifefitness.co.uk


Osteoarthritis in the knee and exercise.

Exercise can play a vital role in managing osteoarthritis.  People are often fearful of exercising the affected joint in case it causes further pain and damage yet this review of studies done on exercise programmes states  "People with OA should be reassured that it is unlikely to exacerbate their pain if performed using the appropriate methods and at the appropriate dose."

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A study (the Comparative effectiveness of exercise and drug interventions on mortality outcomes: metaepidemiological study) published recently in the British Medical Journal found that exercise could be as good as drugs for certain conditions. The conditions that were studied were secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, rehabilitation of stroke, treatment of heart failure and prevention of diabetes.
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The Otago exercise programme was developed to help prevent falls in the older adult. It was researched and developed by the Falls Prevention Research Group at the University of Otago Medical School.

The programme reduced the fall rate by 35 percent among program participants (with no gender bias) compared with those who did not take part. ...continue reading