Health Watch -- Fit and Healthy: Exercise and Arthritis
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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about exercise and fitness. For some people, exercise can be key to remaining active. While osteoarthritis can cause pain and disability, doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say exercise can help patients move better — and feel better.
Exercise can help strengthen the muscles around the affected joints for more stability. It also improves flexibility and provides a sense of well-being. Dr. David Karp, chief of UT Southwestern's Division of Rheumatic Diseases, says there are special exercise programs designed by physical therapists for arthritis patients. These exercises are often done in water because there's less weight on hips and knees. You should get approval from your doctor before starting an arthritis exercise program.
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