Health Watch — Senior Issues: Exercise and Arthritis

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 This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about health issues that concern seniors. Previously, we discussed how exercise can help prevent broken bones. Exercise may also help with another senior health concern — arthritis. Treatment programs for osteoarthritis may include exercise to strengthen muscles around affected joints and improve flexibility.

Dr. David Karp, chief of the division of rheumatic diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says an arthritis exercise program may include strengthening exercises, cardiovascular exercise and specific arthritis-related exercises. Water exercise is popular for arthritis patients because it puts less weight on hip and knee joints. Talk to your doctor to get help finding a physical therapist who specializes in arthritis exercise.


May 2007

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