If your joints hurt, do you know what types of activity to do? Take our quiz to find out.
When you have arthritis, even basic activities like grocery shopping can be painful. But although you may be tempted to decrease your activity level when your joints ache, that’s usually not the best solution.
On the contrary, mild to moderate exercise helps reduce joint pain and restore flexibility. Exercise strengthens muscles that support weight-bearing joints. This protects joints so they can work more efficiently and with less pain. Regular activity also offers other benefits such as increased energy, better sleep and improved mood. And it’s good for your heart.
Before starting any new activity, talk with your doctor. You may be prescribed physical therapy so you learn how to exercise safely without doing further damage to your joints. When you’re ready to add exercise to your weekly routine, take this quiz to determine which activities are best for easing joint pain and stiffness.
“After being in Rheumatology for over 30 years, I try to use the smallest amount of medicine possible. I also remind my patients how important exercise is to help relieve joint pain.”
Which Activities Are Best If You Have Joint Pain?
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Date Last Reviewed: March 25, 2019
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
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