Arthritis, do you have it? Know the symptoms of Arthritis and Exercises that help joint mobility and alleviate the pain.
Arthritis is a painful joint condition and for some can be completely debilitating at times. There are several forms of Arthritis.
Knowing the symptoms and performing an exercise to help the condition not only preserve and improve joint mobility but also help alleviate the pain.
Do you suffer from joint pain but are unsure whether you’re just sore or could the symptoms one is experiencing be an early precursor to Arthritis? Understanding and differentiating the two can be daunting and confusing; however, once you’re diagnosed with arthritis there are many exercises that can help joint mobility and help alleviate the pain.
Joint pain, not being able to move properly, can be a scary situation. Is it simple joint soreness or is it Arthritis? It’s a question that you may ask yourself when you wake up stiff and sore in the morning or maybe when you bend down to pick something up and your knees hurt. Arthralgia is simply joint pain and Arthritis is where there is inflammation in the joints (knees, elbows, hands, shoulders, hips, ankles, feet, etc.) and causes pain, stiffness, and those become inflamed leading to excruciating and often debilitating pain. Most of the time as soon as people feel their knees and shoulder are sore, they jump to the conclusion that it must be arthritis.
What Are the Symptoms of Arthritis and Its Types?
Knowing the symptoms of arthritis is key in helping it to be diagnosed by your doctor. Some arthritic conditions are genetic, such as Rheumatoid arthritis. Children can also get arthritis (interesting to know, isn’t it?) Some forms of arthritis are wearing and tear on the joints. These are some forms of arthritis where the symptoms include: pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
- Most Common
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- The second most common form
- Autoimmune disease
- Most common in people younger than 16
- Lifelong condition
There are many ways on how to treat this condition (unfortunately for some it’s a medical condition that can be treated but not prevented).
One of the treatments is Exercise Therapy which can help manage the symptoms and strengthen the muscles and cardiovascular system; it also helps improve your mental and emotional well being.
How to Treat Arthritis with Exercise?
Now that we know the symptoms and what types of Arthritis there are; how do we treat it with Exercise? There are many types of exercises that can help treat the pain and the condition itself. They are usually easy on the joints and traditional resistance training exercises can be modified to help ease the pain and strengthen the muscles, which in turn helps ease the pain of arthritis.
As with any Exercise therapy program, it should always be cleared by a medical professional first (especially if you are new to exercising or increasing the type and amount of time, you’re doing the new regimen). Some examples of different types of exercises to help with ease of movement of the joints are:
- Stretching and flexibility
- Tai Chi
- Resistance Training
We can go more in-depth with how to incorporate these exercises into your routine. You can either choose to do it on your own, or you can use the services of someone who is a certified Exercise Therapist.
More so, by including Exercise therapy it helps ease the symptoms and pain of Arthritic conditions.
Below Are Some Examples and Benefits of the Exercises Proven to Help Ease The symptoms
Benefits of Walking
- Low impact
- Easy on the joints
- Strengthens the cardiovascular system and improves musculature.
- Improves mental well being by invoking a relaxing feeling.
Benefits of Stretching
- Improves flexibility.
- Reduces stiffness.
- Increases range of motion.
Benefits of Tai Chi
- Increases flexibility, range of motion, and balance.
- A very good way to relieve stress.
Benefits of Resistance Training
- Strengthens the muscles around the joints.
- Reduces pain and other symptoms associated with Arthritic conditions.
- Using a resistance band helps challenge the body, builds, and strengthens the muscles.
These are just a few examples of the types of different exercise therapy options there are available for treating the symptoms of arthritis. There are many resources also available to help you as well,
The symptoms of arthritis can be painful, however, at the same time can be manageable through Exercise therapy. I know firsthand how debilitating of the disease this can be, both personally and professionally.
No matter how much we can advise, it’s up to you to want to be able to help yourself and manage the pain. One of the best resources out there is the Arthritis Foundation. Also speaking with your doctor to be referred to a physiotherapist or Specialist in Exercise Therapy is one of the best things you can do to help your condition. Keeping your body moving and not sedentary is the best way to manage your symptoms and be either in very minimal pain or even pain-free.