By Frank Alberta

Get Fit, Get Moving

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article recently headlined, “Doctors New Advice for Joint Pain is Get Moving.”

The message is that “doctors increasingly are recommending physical therapy to help osteoarthritis patients, overturning the more traditional medical advice for people to take it easy and protect their joints.”

I have always advocated this philosophy and the experience of our patients shows that they can significantly improve their health and quality of life with weight loss combined with exercises aimed at improving joint function and building up muscles that supports the joints.

Mild exercise can be challenging at first but, with time, the benefits accumulate in the form of reduced pain and greater mobility.

Strengthening the muscles around the knee and shoulder can help support the joints and take over some of the shock-absorbing functions of the cartilage. Regular activity can also replenish lubrication to the cartilage of the joint, reducing stiffness and pain. Aerobic activity ­– swimming, walking or cycling which do not put heavy stress on the hips, knees and spine – can reduce inflammation in the joints, as well as improving overall fitness and weight control.

I can help design an exercise program to build up your strength, and help unload the problematic joint and reduce pain. Please speak to me about this and we can connect you with a physical therapist, who can customize a program for you and your musculoskeletal system.

Get Fit with NO PAIN!

Dr. Alberta

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