March 25, 2017
The number of Americans who report having severe joint pain climbed from about 10.5 million in 2002 to 14.6 million in 2014, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers expect that this number will continue to rise as more Americans are diagnosed with arthritis. Severe joint pain can limit your ability to perform daily tasks and reduce your overall quality of life.
“If you have joint pain, strengthening exercises, if done correctly, can help to stabilize joints and decrease pain,” says Stanley Michael, M.D., of Southern Ocean Medical Center.
“Low-impact cardiovascular [aerobic] exercises, such as walking, swimming or cycling, help decrease the risk of joint injuries and progression of arthritis. In addition to strengthening and aerobic exercises, stretching exercises for increasing flexibility should make up the third element of a basic exercise program. Stretching can decrease pain in conditions such as tendinitis and decrease the risk of stress injuries by increasing flexibility and shock absorption by the muscles and joints.”