Working Out Against Arthritis

hb20130328By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Keeping joints moving is a good way to fight the pain and stiffness that comes with arthritis, but people with arthritis may be reluctant to be physically active for fear of increasing pain, swelling, and stiffness in their joints.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Kamil Barbour offers ways to get benefit while minimizing discomfort:

“There are low-impact types of physical activity, such as walking and swimming that have been shown to improve function and reduce pain in adults with arthritis.”

Controlling weight can also help reduce symptoms.

Researchers say arthritis is the most common form of disability in the United States.

An article on the prevalence of arthritis and activity limitations due to arthritis is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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