Effects of Arthritis Exercise Programs

This case study by the Mayo Clinic found that after an exercise intervention (participation in the National Arthritis Foundation’s exercise protocols) participants suffering from arthritis reported a decreased perception of pain and difficulty in performing daily activities. The group participating in the NAF’s aquatic exercise protocol – exercising in water – reduced their perception of pain by 12.8% and difficulty by 18.2%. 

Among individuals aged 65 and older, arthritis and arthritic conditions are the most prevalent disease conditions reported. Light to moderate-intensity physical activity can help to combat declines joint health, but the purpose of this investigation was simply to measure the effectiveness on exercise in assisting older adults with arthritis with functional fitness and “activities of daily living.” The trial conclusively shows that both aquatic and on-land exercise protocols effectively increase the quality of life for those suffering from arthritis.

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