March 12, 2012 by Dr. Kevin Shrock from Fort Lauderdale Orthopedic Surgeons in Florida
Living with arthritis pain can be challenging, and often arthritis sufferers avoid exercise and other physical activities to minimize joint irritation. While this reaction is certainly understandable, the belief that exercise worsens joint pain is a myth. A gentle, low-impact exercise regimen has been proven to lessen arthritis pain in patients of all ages, in addition to reversing weight gain and lowering risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure. Here are a few low-impact exercises we recommend for arthritis patients.
• Swimming & water aerobics. Water’s buoyancy supports your weight and greatly reduces jarring impact on joints, making swimming and other water sports a great choice for arthritis sufferers. The aerobic exercise of swimming also strengthens muscles and reduces stiffness.
• Cycling. A bicycle supports a rider’s body …