Gentle exercise 'can ease osteoarthritis'

12 September 2011

People suffering from osteoarthritis should engage in gentle exercise, according to a charity.

Linda Scott-Williams, chief executive of the Arthritic Association, admitted that "telling someone with osteoarthritis that they should exercise seems counter-intuitive".

She added: "However, it is essential to keep moving, albeit gently, since this encourages nature's own lubricants to flow around the joints."

Ms Scott-Williams explained that exercise can include anything from simply walking or swimming to gentle pilates and tai chi, as they all help to build up muscle which takes the strain off joints.

Osteoarthritis affects the human skeletal system, decreasing movement in the joints, with a number of patients requiring some form of orthopaedic surgery to help limit further onset of the condition.

In earlier comments, chief executive of Arthritis Care Neil Betteridge claimed undue weight gain at an earlier age was likely to encourage and increase the likelihood of some form of osteoarthritis occurring in younger people.

He added that the increased pressure on joints through the extra weight was likely to fuel an epidemic.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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