Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of Australia’s leading causes of pain and disability characterised by joint pain most commonly affecting the hips, knees, feet, hands and spine.

3 BIG benefits of Exercise for OA

  1.  Increase or maintain muscle strength for joint support
  2.  Reduces joint stiffness and improves mobility
  3.  Manages pain to improve quality of life

3 TOP TIPS for exercising with OA

  1.  Start with short bouts of physical activity, this may be 5-10mins each day. Going for a short walk or performing some gentle range of motion movements can help loosen muscles and mobilise your stiff joints.
  2.  Find an environment in which you can comfortably move. This may be in your own home, with a small group or in the water. Aquatic based activity provides therapeutic benefits, reducing joint load and pain.
  3.  Aim to move at a time of day when your pain is least severe, often the middle of the day. Often pain and stiffness is worse in the morning and reduces as our body’s warm-up throughout the day. If taking pain medication, the middle of the day is often the time of peak effectiveness.

If you are just starting out, seek the advice of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who can assess and prescribe the best mode of activity for you!  If you’d like to get help from one of our expert Exercise Physiologists to help ease your OA pain and enjoy the active life you deserve, give us a call on 1300 273747 or click HERE to request an appointment.

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