Physical Activity & Osteoarthritis Pain
Question: I sometimes suffer from osteoarthritis pain. Should I refrain from physical activity when it hurts?
Answer: Science has found that physical activity is actually beneficial for osteoarthritis pain, according to Great Expectations: Fit at 50. This is due to the fact that motion is crucial to promoting healthy movement of fluid and chemicals through the diseased joint or joints.
Regular physical activity, often in combination with anti-inflammatory therapies, is now the typical treatment for osteoarthritis. To avoid overuse of the joints while exercising, physicians recommend low-impact activities such as swimming, water polo, water walking or water aerobics. (Water supports most of your weight and thus helps reduce joint stress.)