Osteoarthritis, though usually diagnosed in the later ages, actually starts much earlier. Just like car tyres get worn out over time and with use, our joints too undergo wear and tear throughout life. Food, environment, lifestyle, weight, physical activity, genes, exercises, previous injuries or surgeries, etc. all will determine the severity of the degeneration, the age that it will start, and the rate it will progress.
Some people will power on, and continue their activities and exercises till pain is unbearable; while others will stop everything and take “rest” at the first hint of pain.
Is one better than the other? Well, no!
If you have pain, do not continue the same program. Exercises have to be modified, please ask for help!
But also, please do not choose to rest! Exercise is the most important part of treatment for osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis cannot be cured. The treatments are all designed to reduce pain, increase movement, and eventually slow down the progression.
Well-designed exercises can help to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and mobility, may help maintain or reduce weight, and also keep the bones healthy.
Most of us exercise to remain “fit”. Don’t you think then, that the exercises we choose should work WITH our body and not AGAINST it??