What are the best exercises for someone with arthritis?

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  1. peeples profile image95
    peeplesposted 11 years ago

    What are the best exercises for someone with arthritis?

    I have horrible arthritis in my hips and knees. What are some good exercises that don't cause many problems with these two areas.

  2. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 11 years ago

    Range-of-motion exercise (e.g. dance) help maintain normal joint movement and relieve stiffness. This type of exercise helps maintain or increase flexibility.
    Strengthening exercise (e.g. weight training) help keep or increase muscle strength. Strong muscles help support and protect joints affected by arthritis.
    Aerobic or endurance exercise (e.g. bicycle riding) improve cardiovascular fitness, help control weight, and improve overall function.
    Weight control can be important to people who have arthritis because extra weight puts extra pressure on many joints. Some studies show that aerobic exercise can reduce inflammation in some joints.

    Most health clubs and community centers offer exercise programs for people with physical limitations.

    1. peeples profile image95
      peeplesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, My main problem is stiffness and pain when I do too much. Thankfully weight isn't an issue (yet, I'm still young never know)!

  3. benisan85745 profile image60
    benisan85745posted 11 years ago

    by far what I have seen that does good for those suffering from Arthritis such as yourself is, yes, Range-of-Motion excercises (JThomp42), and also swimming.
    I personally swim so that Atrophy will not settle in to quickly since I am not as active as I used to be. However, the key is not to do to much.

    1. peeples profile image95
      peeplesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Swimming sounds like a good idea!

  4. mismazda profile image61
    mismazdaposted 11 years ago

    I have been told by my Rheumy that Pilates, water aerobics, and walking and stretching are great for ppl whom have arthritis.

    1. peeples profile image95
      peeplesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Pilates? hmm I know nothing about that one. Guess I need to read up.

    2. cat on a soapbox profile image96
      cat on a soapboxposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I will say first hand that pool aerobics, stretching, and pilates have all REALLY helped w/ the osteoarthritis that led me to 2 hip replacements. Great suggestion!

  5. Austinstar profile image85
    Austinstarposted 11 years ago

    Use it or lose it - the muscles and joints must be moved daily. I have found that water aerobics work well for me, but walking is supposed to be better. Unfortunately, I have problems with my feet too.
    Tai Chi is considered a good yoga type of exercise that can be done by people with mobility problems and it includes stretching and balance movements. This is important for people that tend to put more weight on one side than another side (because of pain).
    Yoga itself is good, but difficult for overweight or non-athletic types.
    For hips and knee pain, I would recommend seeing a sports therapy doctor and find out what he or she recommends for your specific condition. You may have to use wraps or kinesio tape as well as NSAIDS before you begin to exercise. Plus a slow, extended warm up is highly recommended.

  6. Alphadogg16 profile image85
    Alphadogg16posted 11 years ago

    I definitely agree with JThomp42's answers, but there are a lot of other variables. Range of motion exercises can & should be done every day. Strength training, is really dependent upon you and how your body feels/recovers. My patients use heat/cold to recover from inflammation/soreness. I'd recommend aerobic activity (bicycle riding) 3 times a week for 30 minutes, however you really should consult your doctor/physical therapist.

  7. visionandfocus profile image67
    visionandfocusposted 11 years ago

    Tai Chi is great for increasing range of motion in all your joints. A gentle form of yoga (or any gentle stretching) would also help with maintaining and/or increasing flexibility, which is invaluable for joint problems. At the same time, any kind of stretching would help your muscles stay long and lean. Shortened muscles tend to go into spasm more readily, causing more pain and discomfort.

    Anything performed in water would be helpful to cushion your weight-bearing joints (both hips and knees are weight-bearing). Fibromyalgia sufferers can get relief from doing gentle exercises in warm (not cold) water.

    If you're open-minded and willing to try alternative therapy, you may even consider magnetic mattresses (or mattress liners which are less expensive) that have been proved in a study to relieve pain in fibromyalgia sufferers. If your pain is confined to your knees and hips, and you don't want to spend too much, you could try a magnet wrap.

    Finally, you may want to question if the diagnosis of arthritis is really accurate, esp. in someone as young as you are. Arthritis tends to be a catch-all diagnosis when the medical profession really means they have no idea what's causing the pain (i.e. no obvious structural/physical cause found). Often, chronic pain points to an emotional component that needs to be addressed. I'm in the process of putting together a hub on chronic pain. Will let you know when it's done.

    All the best!

    1. peeples profile image95
      peeplesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I will have to check into the magnet wraps. I had not heard of those. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis which is a form of arthritis. Please update me when you get your hub done.


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