If you are suffering from any type of arthritis your primary aim should be to keep your joints moving safely, and preventing further damage to them.
- Exercise regularly as it helps to maintain the normal muscle strength, joint structure and function and actually reduces the amount of pain.
- Do consult your physiotherapist for the type and pattern of exercises to be done, as your exercise plan will depend on the type of arthritis, the joints involved, the range of mobility and extent of joint damage.
- Do some form of aquatic exercise; these are easier on your joints as water supports your body weight
- Exercise on alternate days i.e. exercise one day and take rest the next day (as it takes more energy for an arthritis patient to exercise). Taking rest will prevent you from getting fatigued.
- Exercise at a slow pace and avoid any jerky movements so that you do not harm your damaged joints.
- Stop exercising immediately if your develop chest pain, severe breathlessness or a dizzy feeling.
- Do not overdo the exercise. Increased weakness, long-lasting fatigue, decreased range of motion and increased swelling of the joints are signs of doing too much exercise. Hence, give occasional breaks.
- Do not indulge in high impact exercises or sports (such as jogging, basketball, skipping) if you are suffering from Osteoarthritis or osteoporosis
- Do not exercise during flare ups (i.e. when there is pain or swelling in the joints)