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How does exercise help osteoarthritis?

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Exercise improves joint movement and strengthens the muscles that surround the joints, which eases pain. Gentle exercises, such as swimming or walking on flat surfaces, are recommended, because they're less stressful on your joints.

Avoid activities such as jogging or high-impact cardio.

From: The Basics of Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

Arthritis Foundation. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 5, 2018

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

Arthritis Foundation. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 5, 2018

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