Remember, what happened to your door when it started to rust? Well, your joints are just like hinges of the door and when degeneration (such as osteoarthritis) sets in, its movement begins to get affected. If left untreated, it could actually end up like a rusted door hinge!
Many arthritis patients avoid performing routine activities such as bending, climbing stairs, walking and other forms of exercise as these activities can be painful. According to a new study, this could actually be the beginning of complications. The study concludes: If you don’t use your muscles, your arthritis will get worse.
Doctors too advise that the best way to keep those joints moving is to exercise and stay active. Now, this fact is backed by research conducted among osteoarthritis patients (average age 69). The researchers concluded that patients who avoided physical activity are at a higher risk of becoming disabled as compared to patients who continued with simple activities with sufficient rest throughout the day. Therefore, avoiding physical activity can reduce pain for a short while but in the long run, it may deteriorate the condition and cause muscle weakness.