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Exercise is good, not bad, for arthritis

May 8, 2013
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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Christina Morales
July 3, 2013

Exercise is painful when we got arthritis, but it is good for affected joint. Really good to read this arthritis article.
Keep sharing healthy information. Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards

Corporate Fitness
June 27, 2013

You are absolutely right.Exercise is good for remove arthritis pain. It also need to be practiced in a perfect way by a doctor’s instruction or a trainer help.

Running with Hip Pain
June 22, 2013

This is a pretty good overview. I myself have dealt with a variety of hip pain over the years while running. I have found a good foundation of strength exercises and keeping an eye on overtraining has helped incredibly.

The Florida Knee and Orthopedic CEnters
June 10, 2013

Great article. Our practice (The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers) wrote a blog post regarding the exact same subject not too long ago. Gentle exercise sure can be a great non-surgical treatment to ease the severe pain caused by arthritis.

Charles Alberti
May 18, 2013

Your are right and you use a trampoline with enclosure to begin.

Boot Camp Sydney
May 13, 2013

Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Of course, when stiff and painful joints are already bogging you down, the thought of walking around the block or swimming a few laps might seem overwhelming.

Abdullah Al Mamun
May 11, 2013

I agree with this findings. But this is not new to me. I have been a patient of arthrytis for 35 years. I am now 50 years of age. I had been to hospitalised three times due to arthrytis at a period of 6 months. I do walking 160 minutes in a week regularly. Actually walking help build confidence that sufferers can walk like normal people. Walk with slow pace is necessary. Many arthritis patient can share their experiences with others. Besides doctors advice is also helpful. I thank Harvard Medical team for this report.
Abdullah Al Mamun

May 10, 2013

What about GOUT?
Is it possible -for example- to have a HMS recomended/forbiden guide for selecting and preparing foods for Gout patients?

Stephen Trevathan
May 10, 2013

Hello, I am reaching out to as many people as I can this month who are talking about Arthritis Awareness Month. This year, we wanted to show our support for this great cause by putting together this brand new infographic for National Arthritis Awareness Month! I know that the statistics concerning this medical condition can be rather shocking, especially when looking at the number of who have been disabled from their condition. There are still a number of misconceptions surrounding arthritis, but with this infographic I think that it could help dispel some of these, at least for those people who get a chance to see it. If you are interested, please check it out at:

James Smith
May 8, 2013

It’s all true. I walk 20 to 30 minutes a day just for the exercise. That’s not counting any other walking I do each day. I also do over 1,000 push ups a week and other exercises such as sit ups and climb 25 flights of steps a day.

I am 70, have a small problem with my hands, especially the left. Still, I play guitar several hours a day and my hands never feel as good as they do when playing. Exercise does work I’ll I’ll keep doing it until I drop dead; hopefully, while I am doing push ups of climbing my 400 steps a day.

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