Importance of Sports And Exercise In Osteoarthritis

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Importance of Sports And Exercise In Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a disease, largely affected by the amount of physical activity the patient indulges in. While too little and too much might aggravate the condition; moderation becomes the key word here. Read on to know more about the role exercise and sports play in osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a disease, largely affected by the amount of physical activity the patient indulges in. While too little and too much might aggravate the condition; moderation becomes the key word here. Read on to know more about the role exercise and sports play in osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis or the Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), while on one end has inactive lifestyle as one of its major causes; it also, has some high level athletic activities too as causing factors. It is therefore, noteworthy here that while sports and exercise play a vital role in keeping the body fit, an overdose of the same may take a turn for the worse.

Studies have proven that undertaking moderate levels of sports and exercise reduces the risks of developing ***osteoarthritis***.  Research has also proven that some specific sports categorized as high level athletic activities, increase the risk of osteoarthritis in young adults.  

Exercise Related Osteoarthritis Trivia:

Osteoarthritis is the most common forms of arthritis.

It affects elite athletes more in comparison to non-athletes.

While 3.3 percent of elite athletes develop osteoarthritis, only 1.4 percent of non-athletes do.

30 percent elite soccer players eventually show signs of osteoarthritis and 58 percent out of these retire early due to injuries related to it.

High level sports are those that involve “elite” athletes performing at high levels of competition; professionally as well as internationally. Elite athletes usually are specialists in their own single sport. This means, as a result of devoting long hours to playing that single sport, they face lots of impact and subsequent strain on a particular part or area of their bodies. This further leads to trauma on the body joints increasing chances of osteoarthritis in future.

Based on such findings doctors and ***physiotherapist*** consider some sports to be low risk osteoarthritis activities and certain others as high risk osteoarthritis activities. Skiing, running, brisk walking, and swimming are some of the low risk physical activities. Whereas, Soccer, rugby, football, weight lifting, tennis, sprinting etc are high risk sporting activities.  

Any sport or exercise related joint trauma, or injury, can start a chain reaction of further damage to the ***cartilage*** and pave way for osteoarthritis. For those who are not into high level sports, it is advisable to engage in daily exercise in the form of some sport or gymming; but, remember to do this in moderate amounts only.

Tips for exercising and sports to keep osteoarthritis at bay:

  • If you are into running, choose your footwear correctly. Choose a less strenuous terrain, one that does not increase chances of ankle or knee twists and sprains.
  • While exercising in the gym ensure you do not over-stress your joints during the stretching exercises and avoid lifting heavy weights suddenly and traumatizing your joints.
  • Exercise should always be pursued with the aim to remain fit, toned and fresh. It should be made a part of your routine and even less strenuous exercising like aerobics and yoga can be explored.
  • The best form of physical activity is one that involves all parts of your body without straining a particular area or body part. Therefore, ensure your trainer makes a good exercise plan for you, one that involves moderate sport, stretching, balancing, flexing as well as strength building exercises.
  • Follow multiple sports through the week, at least two, to ensure variation in physical activity.
  • Before starting a new sport, do not forget to undergo a physical examination to ensure your body’s (especially the muscles) readiness for it.
  • It is best to prevent getting acutely injured and avoid chronic stress to the joints in order to ensure joint health.
  • Equally important is to treat existing injuries at the earliest by seeing your doctor.
  • Keep your health condition and past ailments in mind before indulging in any physical activity. Avoid exercises that might trigger a dormant ailment or worsen an existing one.

Contrary to high level sports, researchers have found recreational exercising to be very beneficial in keeping osteoarthritis at bay; largely due to its well balanced and moderate nature.

Not only does exercising help in keeping osteoarthritis away; it is also good for those already suffering from the ailment. While it is always suggested that patients with osteoarthritis must consult their doctor or physiotherapist before beginning mild exercises; it has been established at the same time that exercise positively impacts muscle strength, body stability and ability of the joints to endure stress.

So choose the middle path to exercising and enjoy the freedom that comes with being a fitter and better you!

Also Read: Diet Changes To Manage Osteoarthritis

 

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