Exercise can Ease Osteoarthritis Pain
Osteoarthritis is a chronic, degenerative joint disease, which is the leading cause of disability in older adults. In fact, it is expected to skyrocket to affect 79 million people by 2030. The disease is caused when the cartilage that cushions any of the body's joints breaks down. Without this cartilage, bones rub together and cause both stiffness and pain. Osteoarthritis is most common in the knees, hips, and hands, and if left untreated, it can also damage ligaments and muscles.
Although osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, there are effective treatments to improve joint functioning and reduce pain, including exercise.
Advance your healthy lifestyle
According to Dr. James E. Gilbert of RegenMD and Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy, “I often see patients who are hesitant to exercise because of joint pain, but remaining sedentary only makes things worse. When patients rest, it temporarily reduces joint pain, but inactivity leads to increased stiffness and pain.” Exercise can:
When you start to exercise, it’s helpful to begin with low-impact exercises like walking, biking, swimming, and hatha yoga to put less strain on the joints. The small amount of discomfort when starting a new exercise routine improves over time. And the social benefits are great for your mood. If you do push your limits and have severe pain, please stop immediately and contact your doctor.
Patients don’t have to resign themselves to living with painful joints. Today, we offer some leading-edge treatments that can make a difference in pain management and daily functioning. PRP injections, and stem cell therapy, for example, help to reduce joint inflammation and promote healing. Many individuals who undergo regenerative treatments, find the pain in their hips, joints, shoulders, and ankles show significant improvement.
Each patient’s situation is unique. Our goal is to help our patients to advance a healthy lifestyle and enable their body to heal without invasive surgery.
Feel free to contact the experts here at RegenMD with any questions about easing the pain of osteoarthritis.