Answers to Common Arthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about arthritis.

Is exercise beneficial in the treatment of arthritis?

Dr. Michael Raab discusses exercise and arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Exercise is the first line of defense against arthritic pain and discomfort, and may also be a preventative factor, according to the American College of RheumatologyOff Site Icon. Physical activity includes daily tasks or recreational, occupational or strength-building activities, according to the ACR.

Regular, proper exercise is an important part of arthritis treatment, according to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationOff Site Icon. Daily physical activity may build and preserve muscle strength, keep joints flexible, and protect joints from further damage, according to the AAPMR.

Please consult with your physician before beginning or starting a stretching or exercise program. Discontinue any exercise that causes you pain, severe discomfort, nausea, dizziness, or shortness of breath and consult with a medical expert immediately. Start slowly and at the level that is appropriate for you. Not all exercise plans are suitable for everyone.

For more information about arthritis and exercise, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Michael Raab, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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