May is Arthritis Awareness Month

“Arthritis is a debilitating disease that profoundly impacts the lives of millions of Americans on a daily basis,” says John H. Klippel, M.D., president and CEO, Arthritis Foundation. “The effects of the 46 million Americans with arthritis on the economy are enormous; the direct and indirect medical costs of this disease are estimated to be $128 billion each year. With the aging of baby boomers, the prevalence of arthritis is expected to rise by 40 percent – that is up to 67 million people – by the year 2030.”

From the Arthritis Foundation, there is proof that osteoarthritis and exercise go together. Take steps to live the best that you can with osteoarthritis. Arm yourself against joint damage with the facts about exercise—and keep moving!

Research now clearly shows that prolonged rest and inactivity actually make OA worse by contributing to joint stiffness and muscle weakness, whereas regular physical activity and exercise ease OA symptoms and keep joints mobile.

In fact, the therapeutic value of exercise, particularly for knee OA, is so convincing that all recent professional guidelines for the treatment of OA cite exercise as a cornerstone of therapy. The message in these guidelines is clear and consistent: when done safely and tailored to a person’s capabilities and needs, physical activity that promotes cardiovascular fitness and strengthens muscles helps—not hurts—joints affected by OA.

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