4 Easy Exercises for People with Arthritis (and How Caregivers Can Help)
For people with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, consistent physical activity can help reduce joint pain. Caregivers play an important role in helping arthritis patients manage joint pain by encouraging them to move.
4 Easy Exercises for Aching Joints to Practice with Your Loved One
- Take short walks, even if it’s only across the room for 30 seconds a few times a day.
- Practice exercising your hands by stretching and flexing your fingers.
- Do ankle pumps: sit in a chair and alternate flexing your foot up toward your and down away from your body.
- Do knee extensions: sit in a chair and extend one leg in front of you, parallel to the floor, until your knee is straight. Lower your leg back down.
To help loosen joints before exercise, caregivers can help apply heat to an aching joint, or apply an ice pack to a joint that is aching, warm and swollen.
Before beginning any exercise program, speak with your health care provider.
About the Author
Cynthia Russell, PT, is a physical therapist at Cone Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Reidsville.