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Resistance Training for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can be a very painful and debilitating condition, and a common mistake made by people with this condition is resting and avoiding exerting the arthritic joint when a flare up occurs.

Proactivity is key when it comes to osteoarthritis. Under a professional’s supervision, a program of strategic resistance training and cardio can actually reduce your symptoms. Resistance training in particular is extremely beneficial towards improving not only your overall well being but the intensity of the flare ups.

Safe options for a cardiovascular workout include cycling, swimming, and moderate walking. Resistance training improves symptoms of osteoarthritis by strengthening the local connective muscles of the joint region and helping to compensate for the arthritic joint region. It also helps aid in healing the arthritic locations of the joint. If you have arthritis of the knee, for instance, exercises such as straight leg raises or leg curls could do the trick.

The most optimal regimen for your osteoarthritis is dependent on the location. Form is crucial in making these exercises work due to the delicate nature of the arthritic joint. If you don’t know what you are doing, you risk possibly making your joint conditions worse, or possibly injuring the muscles you are attempting to strengthen.

Working under a professional’s supervision is critical to your success. A professional, such as a physical therapist, will be able to diagnose your joint’s condition and be able to determine the best fitness regimen. The physical therapist will teach you the proper ways to execute these movements in addition to the order and frequency.

It is extremely important and beneficial to your arthritis that you continue to remain active. Physical therapy can assure that you are doing it the right way!

We feel like we have the best physical therapists around. Did you know you don’t need a referral to get help from a Physical Therapist? Direct access is available for you, please call us and set up an evaluation so we can help get you back on your feet. In Orange County we offer Physical Therapy in Chester, Goshen, Monroe, Port Jervis, and Montgomery. Westchester County has Physical Therapy in Armonk, Bedford, and Hawthorne. In Ulster County we offer Physical Therapy in Wallkill, while in Sullivan County you can get Physical Therapy in Liberty. To round out our 12 locations in New York, those living in Rockland County can go to Physical Therapy in New City as well as Pomona. If you happen to live in PA, we also have Physical Therapy in Milford and Dingmans Ferry of Pike County. Give us a call today!