Arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the musculoskeletal system, is recognized as the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 52.5 million adults. It is characterized by joint inflammation accompanied by pain, swelling and restriction of movement. Predisposing factors for arthritis include age, genetics, repetitive stress injuries, and overweight. A new study carried out by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina has found that people with arthritis can significantly improve their condition and resolve agonizing pain by exercising three hours a week. The findings were published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
The researchers found a three-hours-a-week exercise program devised in the U.S. is very effective for arthritis pain management. The three exercises are as follows
- Stand upright from a seated position and then sit again without using your arms
- Use the outstretched arms to reach toes from a sitting position with the knees held straight
- Taking a quick six-minute walk around the home
The program proved so successful that GPs are being advised to recommend it to Britain’s 10 million sufferers to improve their pain.
The study found that average pain rating for participants lowered to 4.3 from 4.7 out of 10. About 197 patients with an average age of 56 years experienced considerable increase in their health and mobility in just three months. In addition, the sufferers of chronic joint inflammation witnessed significant improvements in aches, stiffness and tiredness within the initial 3 months.
The researchers claim that the results signify that exercise is the key to controlling arthritis related joint pain.
One report quotes a GP as saying, “The benefits are very clear and the risks are minimal. Even after only a few weeks of gentle exercise people will see and feel the benefits. Here is very clear evidence they can benefit easily, quickly and – most importantly – safely.”
In most cases, arthritis patients have a misconception that physical activity and exercise would negatively impact the condition. On the contrary, most people who reduce movements may experience cartilage degeneration more quickly than others who are physically active. Moreover, physical inactivity can lead to other conditions like hypertension, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and more.
Back pain, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis are conditions that may develop as you grow older. To stay active as you age, experts suggest just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a brisk walk or washing your car. This would provide most of the health benefits from exercise including improvements in mobility and balance to reduce the risk of slips and falls.
Reliable and established healthcare centers offer the services of qualified pain management and orthopedic specialists who provide individualized treatment plans to effectively manage and ease the symptoms associated with arthritis. These healthcare centers offer individualized exercise programs, physical therapy, massage, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), NSAIDs and medications for the effective management of arthritis.