Exercise & Arthritis

Arthritis affects 3.85 million Australians, and is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia. It is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically joints. In Australia, there have been high growth rates reported particularly for hip and knee surgeries, according to data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Surgery in Australian hospitals 2010-11. Almost 23% of all surgical procedures in Australia in 2010-11 were procedures on the musculoskeletal system, with one of the most common reasons for hospitalisation being knee disorders. Whilst arthritis isn’t curable, it is manageable. Research...

Osteoarthritis is incurable, but exercise can be one of the most effective therapies for managing this condition. In fact, recent studies have shown that exercise is as effective as medications for reducing pain from osteoarthritis, but it does so with fewer side effects and much greater benefits to physical and mental well-being. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and is one of the leading causes of pain and disability worldwide. In osteoarthritis, the joint cartilage that normally acts as a cushion between the bones of joints becomes thin and starts to wear away. This leads to pain, swelling and stiffness. There...

Exercise plays a pivotal role in the management and treatment of arthritis, but it is important to minimise the impact running can have on the joints – and actually enjoy it!   Winter is officially coming to a close…and as the weather heats up, so does the prospect of all sorts of fun runs and outdoor challenges. We know exercise plays a pivotal role in the management and treatment of arthritis, but it is important to have a balanced training program, so that we minimise the impact running can have on the joints – and actually enjoy it!   Here are 5 exercise strategies...