Health Tip: Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Other news for:|
| ||Resources from
Don't neglect exercise
By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis is triggered by an overactive immune system that attacks the body's own joints, causing flares of pain and stiffness.
The American College of Rheumatology says about 13 million Americans have the disease. The ACR recommends regular exercise, except during painful flares.
Here's more of its expert advice:
- When joints are painful or you feel tired, stick to gentle range-of-motion exercises to help keep the joints flexible.
- When you are feeling well, focus on muscle-strengthening and low-impact cardiovascular exercises.
- Work with a physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises and intensity are best for you.
- Feelings of anxiety, depression or isolation are common. Your health care provider can help you work through these feelings, which tend to subside when you're feeling better.
Copyright © 2012 . All rights reserved.
Resources from HONselect:
HONselect is the HON's medical search engine.
It retrieves scientific articles, images, conferences and web sites on the
The list of medical terms above are retrieved automatically from the article.
The text presented on this page is not a substitute for professional
medical advice. It is for your information only and may not represent your true
individual medical situation. Do not hesitate to consult your healthcare provider
if you have any questions or concerns. Do not use this information to diagnose or
treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare professional.
Be advised that HealthDay articles are derived from various sources
and may not reflect your own country regulations.
The Health On the Net Foundation does not endorse opinions,
products, or services that may appear in HealthDay articles.