Engaging Into Physical Activity Lessen Development of Osteoarthritis

Posted on Dec 7 2012 at 12:07:36 PM in Fitness

When a person is actively into physical activities, his or her chances of developing severe pain on the joints from osteoarthritis are lessen, medical experts say. In fact, physical activity may reduce pain and improve function, mobility, mood, and quality of life for most adults with many types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus.


Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that usually attacks inactive person. Base on statistics provided by the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, there is about 8.5 million people who are suffering from such disease while the Arthritis foundation in the United States has estimated around 27 million with osteoarthritis.


Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease. It causes inflammation by breaking down and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints. The cartilage wears down over time. It is a progressive disease in which the signs and symptoms gradually worsen over time. There is no cure, though. The presently available therapy for it that may help the pain and swelling to let the patient live a normal life: it must be one of maintaining an active lifestyle through physical activity.


Physical activity is the movement of the body that uses energy. Walking, gardening, briskly pushing a baby stroller, climbing the stairs, playing soccer, or dancing the night away are all good examples of being active. For health benefits, physical activity should be moderate or vigorous intensity.


Physical activity may also help people with arthritis as well as  manage other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Most people with arthritis may safely participate in a self-directed physical activity program or join one of many programs available in communities across the country. Some people may benefit from physical or occupational therapy.


Regular physical activity is just as important for people with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions as it is for all children and adults.


Scientific studies have shown that participation in moderate-intensity, low-impact physical activity improves pain, function, mood, and quality of life without worsening symptoms or disease severity. Being physically active may also delay the onset of disability if you have arthritis. But people with arthritis may have a difficult time being physically active because of symptoms (e.g., pain, stiffness), their lack of confidence in knowing how much and what to do, and unclear expectations of when they will see benefits. Both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities are proven to work well, and both are recommended for people with arthritis.


If you happen to be maintaining such activities, the progress of osteoarthritis causing severe and unbearable joint pain such as on the hips will be lessen. It will prevent a person from undergoing a surgical procedure such as a hip replacement and spare them from the agony of what other several patients has experienced with the DePuy ASR hip implant which was recalled in 2010 after being reported as defective. To know more please check the DePuy Hip Recall News Center at depuyrecallnewscenter.com

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Author: Caren
Created: Dec 7 2012 at 12:07:36 PM
Updated: Dec 7 2012 at 12:07:36 PM
Category: Fitness
Language: English