Get Fit with No Pain!

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article on Tuesday April 12, 2011 titled “Doctors New Advice for Joint Pain is Get Moving.”

The message is that “doctors increasingly are recommending physical therapy to help osteoarthritis patients, overturning the more traditional medical advice for people to take it easy and protect their joints.”

I have always advocated this philosophy and our studies of our patients have shown that weight loss combined with exercises aimed at improving joint function and building up muscles that support the joints can significantly improve patients health and quality of life compared with medication alone.

Mild exercise can be painful at first but, with time, the benefits accumulate as reduced pain and greater mobility. Strengthening the muscles around the knee and shoulder can help support the joints and take over some of the shock-absorbing functions of the cartilage. Regular activity can also replenish lubrication to the cartilage of the joint to reduce stiffness and pain. Aerobic activity such as swimming, walking or cycling which do not put heavy stress on the hips, knees and spine can reduce inflammation in the joints, as well as improving overall fitness and weight control.
I have designed an exercise program which can be started to build up strength and unload the knee joint and reduce knee pain. Please speak to me about this and I can introduce you to our Athletic Trainer, Rick, who can customize a program for you and your musculoskeletal system.

Get Fit with NO PAIN! 

Dr. Sisto