Tomorrow, October 12th, is World Arthritis Day, a time to ensure all people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) are aware of the vast support network available to them and to raise public awareness. Arthritis is the most common form of disability in the United States, affecting just over 1 in 5 adults. It’s a condition that affects joints, the tissues which surround the joint and other connective tissue, and is characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints.
One of the biggest things that exacerbate arthritis is additional weight on the joints; however, the pain from movement makes it difficult to exercise. So what’s the solution? Research shows that participation in moderate-intensity, low-impact physical activity improves pain, function, mood, and quality of life without worsening symptoms or disease severity. Joint-friendly activities include:
Remember, any physical activity is better than none. Start out slow and modify the activity if needed. It may also help to be active with others in the arthritis community. The Arthritis Foundation provides a community-based recreational exercise program for people like you! Find a program in your area!
Want to know more?
Arthritis Basics: http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics.htm
Arthritis Foundation: http://www.arthritis.org/
World Arthritis Day Events: http://www.worldarthritisday.org/