Benefits of Exercise for Osteoarthritis

Physical activity is the best non-drug treatment for improving pain and function in OA.

While you may worry that exercising with osteoarthritis could harm your joints and cause more pain, research shows that people can and should exercise when they have osteoarthritis. In fact, exercise is considered the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement in patients with osteoarthritis.

What Exercises Work Best for Osteoarthritis?

Each of the following types of exercises plays a role in maintaining and improving the ability to move and function:

Range of motion or flexibility exercises. Range of motion refers to the ability to move your joints through the full motion they were designed...

Even the fittest senior experiences some physical and mental deterioration due to the aging process. It’s unavoidable. However, no one needs to surrender to this. Every senior can fight back. Yoga for seniors is, hands down, the best defense against the ravages of age. It is an exercise that even “old” people can engage in — and certainly an activity that everyone can benefit from.

As we age, we lose flexibility, strength and muscle tone. We become less steady on our feet. Additionally, pesky problems with digestion, poor circulation and circulation crop up. These symptoms are part and parcel of aging, but you don’t have to stand there and take it. Resist!

Seniors, and near-seniors, can not take their health for granted. They must find physical ac...

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