Health Tip: Exercise Routines for Arthritis Patients
Relieve symptoms with exercise
(HealthDay News) - Exercise can be a great way to deal with the aches and pains of arthritis. But it's important to perform the right exercises under a doctor's supervision.
Here are suggestions about exercising if you have arthritis, courtesy of the University of Washington School of Medicine:
- If you have a physical or occupational therapist, he or she should participate in creating your exercise plan.
- Your exercises should put minimal stress on your joints, especially when you first start out. Don't overdo it.
- Try a combination of both therapeutic (designed to help ease symptoms and improve joint function) and recreational (just for fun) exercises.
- Use other methods to ease symptoms, such as using heating pads and ice packs, eating a healthy diet, taking medication as prescribed, and maintaining a healthy body weight.
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