Dr. Eric Ruderman shares his knowledge and explains how women with arthritis can exercise.
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You know I think the most important thing that women can do for herself is to remain active. One of the things that I often see is that woman comes in who has developed arthritis or has had arthritis for period of time and feels that she needs to protect her joints and not do anything and sort of baby her joints so that they don’t hurt. And in fact the exact opposite is true and by not using a joint, you can actually make things worst and make symptoms worst. Careful, reasonable exercise actually will not damage the joints someone who has arthritis. So a lot of women are afraid to do much exercise or afraid of causing more damage. That’s actually not true. And if you’re careful about it, sometimes with the assistance of a trainer or physical therapist, you can develop an exercise regiment that not wouldn’t your joints but actually it make you feel better by increasing the strength of the tissues around the joints, reducing the pain in that way. And if you remember that many types of arthritis are associated with decrease cardiovascular health, exercise can certainly benefit that as well. So I think one of the most important things that you can do if you have arthritis is to remain active and put yourself in really regular exercise program overtime.