A Smart Intervention for Arthritis: Exercise
Naturally, when the stiffness and pain of arthritis seem overwhelming, the last thing you’ll probably want to do is exercise. However, physical activity is one the best ways to combat the symptoms of arthritis. In fact, countless arthritis patients benefit greatly from exercise.
When you first begin exercising, you may find that your arthritis symptoms seem to slightly worsen, especially if you’ve been inactive for a while. If possible, try to stick with it – regular physical activity can provide numerous benefits over the long term. To start, exercise can help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. This can be an important part of your arthritis management by reducing the stress on your joints and, in turn, alleviating painful inflammation. Exercise can also help strengthen the muscles around your arthritic joints, providing the extra support these weakened joints need. Additionally, regular workouts can enhance joint mobility, promote blood circulation, and strengthen your bones. So, despite the fact you may initially find it uncomfortable to move, exercise can actually help you combat your arthritis symptoms.
Arthritis can also have a negative impact on your mood. Constant pain and discomfort can bog you down and reduce your energy levels. Exercise can address these symptoms by promoting the production of “feel good” neurotransmitters in your brain, which can elevate your mood and energy in spite of your arthritis. There are other benefits to exercise as well, including improved balance and sleeping patterns.
When Exercise Isn’t Enough, Dr. Vizzi Can Help
Peter D. Vizzi, MD, has advanced training in the treatment of arthritis. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and he specializes in the treatment of joint conditions. Whenever possible, Dr. Vizzi utilizes nonsurgical treatment modalities, and when surgery is elected, he utilizes the least invasive and most advanced surgical techniques possible. Dr. Vizzi has been performing knee, hip, shoulder, and other arthritis treatment surgeries for more than 20 years.
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