Fitness Tips for People with Osteoarthritis

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Over 27 million Americans suffer from the aches and pains of osteoarthritis. Getting proper exercise can at times seem difficult. Physical Therapist Lauren Smith, PT, DPT, offers fitness tips for those with osteoarthritis who would like to stay active:

  • Flexibility exercises move your joints through their pain free available range of motion and can help you maintain the ability to perform everyday activities such as bending over, tying your shoes and reaching overhead.
  • Strengthening exercises can help build or maintain muscle strength thus reducing joint pain and stiffness. A physical therapist can help design an exercise program appropriate for your needs.
  • Low intensity aerobic exercises such as walking, cycling or swimming can improve endurance and your overall cardiovascular fitness. Aerobic exercise recommendations include 30-40 minutes of low intensity activity, three to four days a week.

Make sure to check with a physician or physical therapist before initiating exercise for your own safety.

Lauren Smith is a doctor of physical therapy at the Joint Mobility Center at Hospital for Special Surgery.

The information provided in this blog by HSS and our affiliated physicians is for general informational and educational purposes, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual problem you may have. This information is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified health care provider who is familiar with the unique facts about your condition and medical history. You should always consult your health care provider prior to starting any new treatment, or terminating or changing any ongoing treatment. Every post on this blog is the opinion of the author and may not reflect the official position of HSS. Please contact us if we can be helpful in answering any questions or to arrange for a visit or consult.

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