If you suffer from joint stiffness, you may worry that exercise will intensify your pain. Yet regular movement and exercise can also help relieve the discomfort caused by stiff joints. At Spine and Sports Medicine of Ho Ho Kus, we can help you find relief from stiff joints through physical therapy and an exercise routine fit just for you.
Physical Activity and Joint Relief
Activities that stretch your muscles can help improve the flexibility of your joints, relieving the stiffness that causes discomfort. Regular exercise will make the muscles around your joints stronger, taking some of the pressure off of your joints. Physical activity, particularly resistance workouts, can also help increase bone strength. In addition, exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight, which is essential for keeping your joint pain from worsening.
Stiff Joint Care
It is important to check with a doctor or medical practitioner before beginning a fitness routine. You want to ensure that you are physically fit and receive advice on exercises that are appropriate for your fitness level. Make sure that you stretch before and after physical activity. You may also find it useful to apply heat to your stiff joints before you begin your workout and to apply ice afterward. If you notice any pain or swelling in your joints, take a day off and apply ice. If the issue does not subside, consult a medical professional.
Exercises for Stiff Joints
There are a number of exercises for joint stiffness that you may find helpful: You should start with activities that help improve your range of motion, such as stretching. Low-impact aerobic activities, such as swimming or bike riding, are great options for exercising without putting pressure on your joints. Moderate weightlifting can help strengthen your muscles, bones, and joints too.
The experts at SportsMed Physical Therapy can help you establish and maintain an exercise routine that will help keep you healthy and relieve joint stiffness. For more information, call (201) 447-0346.