“People often think that if they have joint pain, they shouldn’t exercise,” says Kelly Todd, P.T., D.P.T., a physical therapist with Athletico Physical Therapy. “However, exercise can actually help you relieve joint pain.”
Yes, even joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
“Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the lining that covers joints,” explains James Lee, P.T., D.P.T., a physical therapist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “This creates inflammation of the joints, which over time changes the joint complex. Exercise can improve joint function and mobility and prevent further damage.”
If you suffer from joint pain caused by conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, the following five exercises can help tame your pain. You can do any of them as a warmup to your regular workout, or perform them all in a row as a joint-friendly circuit.
And remember: It’s always best to talk to a doctor before beginning any exercise program.