OrthoVirginia Blog

Exercising with Osteoarthritis

David Romness, MD, specializes in joint replacement and practices in our Arlington and Tysons offices.

Osteoarthritisis the most common chronic disease affecting our population. It causes pain and stiffness and can occur in any joint, but is most common in weight-bearing joints. There is no cure.

Exercise can help to improve the symptoms of arthritis. Joint motion helps to lubricate joints and increased muscle strength around arthritic joints helps to unload the joint. Exercise can also improve joint flexibility. Weight loss can help arthritic joints by decreasing the load across the joint and can delay progression of arthritis.

Start any exercise program slowly and progress as tolerated. Avoid high impact activities such as running and jumping. Low impact activities such as walking, biking, swimming or elliptical trainers are easier on the joints. Increased pain is an indication to cut back on the exercise. Consult your personal doctor to confirm that exercise is safe for you.

For more information on osteoarthritis, visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00227.

To learn more about Dr. Romness, read his bio on our website.