physiquality blog: I have arthritis. can I exercise? should I?
As one who has battled arthritis for years (only I could have the diagnosis of arthritis at 16), I can attest to the truth — and research — behind today’s pqBlog entry. Whenever I fall behind on my exercise, my back aches and my knees, in particular, are stiff and painful. For those that would rather hear such news from research and a musculoskeletal expert, read on…
I have arthritis. Can I exercise? Should I?
with advice from David P. Thompson, PT, DPT, OCS
Arthritis is one of the more common conditions, especially as people age. According to the CDC, as many as 50 million adults in the U.S., or 1 in 5, have been diagnosed with arthritis, and the numbers are expected to grow as our population ages. While there are many types of arthritis, the most prevalent is osteoarthritis, caused by the wearing away of cartilage in joints, especially the knees and hips.
Arthritis can be extremely painful and often debilitating. According to David P. Thompson, a physical therapist at Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy (a Physiquality member in Pennsylvania), “Patients with arthritis frequently report a variety of symptoms, including pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth in the joint, aching, joint deformity, difficulty with bearing weight, trouble with walking, and general loss of function.”