01.05.11

Increased Activity Helps in Osteoarthritis (OA)

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:09 PM by Dr. Greathouse

By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: January 04, 2011
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and
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Increasing physical activity over two years can improve function and even walking speed among adults with osteoarthritis of the knee — regardless of their level of activity, a large prospective study found.
The data also “provide encouragement for persons with arthritis who do not attain recommended physical activity levels; there was evidence of potential benefit of greater physical activity regardless of the level achieved,” the investigators wrote.
The researchers concluded that their findings not only lend support to current federal guidelines that encourage physical activity goals for arthritis patients, but also may encourage more exercise among knee OA patients who shy away from physical activity, possibly because of pain or stiffness.

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