Hospital-based exercise programmes improve joint health

28 December 2014

People suffering from muscle and joint conditions like arthritis benefit from hospital-based exercise programmes, a new study has found.

The research from the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that older adults who took part in such activity experienced less pain and fatigue and reduced stiffness.

"The study adds to the growing body of evidence that exercise can help people with muscle and joint conditions," said Ms Sandra Goldsmith, director of Public and Patient Education at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Along with her team, she wanted to assess the impact of HSS exercise classes on pain, stiffness, fatigue, balance, falls and physical activity.

Overall, 1,400 adults participated in various exercise programmes for the study, which started in 2011. Classes included pilates therapeutic yoga, t'ai chi and dance, which were attended once a week.

Most participants were over 75, with 36 per cent being between 75 and 84 years old and 31.2 per cent were over age 85. More than 200 individuals handed in questionnaires both before and after completing the programme. 

The team found that after the classes fewer people reported high levels of muscle or joint pain from their condition.

Posted by Philip Briggs 


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