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GUIDELINES FOR ADULTS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS

Remember that physical activity adapted according to your ability and severity of your condition is always safe.

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Achieving a healthy weight is of paramount importance for a person with osteoarthritis. People with osteoarthritis commonly consider that physical activity makes their condition worse. This is a false belief.
Osteoarthritis is a common condition in older adults. People live many years with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes fatigue and can be painful making it hard to do physical activity. Yet people with this condition should all the more begin and maintain physical activity so as to lower the risk of getting other chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Physical activity also helps them maintain their healthy weight there by protecting them from health related obesity disorders. Strong scientific evidence indicates that there exists more than imagined therapeutic benefits for persons with osteoarthritis. Both aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activity need to be done for more benefits. When done safely, physical activity does not make the pain or disease worse. In contrast, with regular physical activity people with osteoarthritis can expect reduction in pain, improvement in physical function, enhanced quality of life and increased mental health. However, people with osteoarthritis should carefully select the type and amount of physical activity in accordance with their abilities and with the severity of their condition. A health care provider, just like us, can be handy in this aspect. Health care providers just like us, typically counsel people with osteoarthritis to do activities that are not painful, less-intense, low impact and have low risk of injury. Walking, swimming and strength training are some good examples. Having said that, most people with arthritis can do moderate-intensity activity for 2 hour and 30 minutes or more per week, and may choose to be active 4 to 5 days a week for 30 to 45 minutes per episode. Some people with arthritis can safely do more than 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week. Some others even can tolerate equivalent amount of vigorous-intensity activity, as well.

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