What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a common chronic disorder of the joints and mainly affects older people. In normal joints, cartilage covers the surface of the joint and helps to absorb shock and allows for smooth movement. Arthritis gradually wears down that cartilage until there is none left and the joint bones are rubbing together.The most common joints affected by arthritis are hips, knees, big toes, spine and hands.
How can exercise help?
Research shows that exercise can help people with a wide range of arthritic severity and pain. Exercise is as effective in relieving symptoms as pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, but has fewer side effects.
Exercise can help to:
Things to remember
If you have arthritis and you’re thinking about incorporating exercise into your daily life, it’s recommended you consult an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for a tailored exercise plan.
As an overview: