Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder in the U.S., affecting about 27-million people, according to Healthline. It’s a painful form of arthritis caused by wear and tear on the cartilage that provides cushioning between bones, which leads to pain and limited mobility.
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However, while there are treatments to help the pain and inflammation, there are also some lifestyle changes you can make to help improve the condition so you can improve your quality of life. Here are seven suggestions for those suffering from osteoarthritis…
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1. Add Lots of Light Exercise
It’s important to keep moving when you have a joint-limiting condition, or you risk losing more range of motion while adding to stiffness. Healthline suggests taking on “low-impact” exercises that still address improving your strength as well as aerobic training.
One way to achieve this is by doing some exercises in a pool, which can dramatically lower the impact on your joints by supporting your weight. Water lets you move gracefully, but also provides enough resistance to get your blood pumping and your muscles toned.