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What are benefits of exercise as an arthritis treatment?

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A tailored program that includes a balance of three types of exercises -- range-of-motion, strengthening, and endurance -- can relieve the symptoms of arthritis and protect joints from further damage. Exercise also may:

  • Help maintain normal joint movement
  • Increase muscle flexibility and strength
  • Help maintain weight to reduce pressure on joints
  • Help keep bone and cartilage tissue strong and healthy
  • Improve endurance and cardiovascular fitness

From: Exercise to Treat Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

SOURCE: Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

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