Common Health Myths

We get to the bottom of some widely held myths about your body

Spry magazine—April 1, 2011

Myth: You can’t exercise if you have arthritis.

Fact: Though joint pain may make a workout unappealing, in the long run exercise is one of the best forms of pain management for arthritis. “Muscles act like shock absorbers, taking stress off the joint cartilage,” says Dr. Geoffrey Westrich, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Try low- or no-impact exercises like swimming, stationary cycling or the elliptical machine—and take it slow at first.

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