What All Arthritis Sufferers Need to Ask
Arthritis is a challenging condition to deal with. Chronic pain can make you feel as if it’s just better to stay put. Why get up and move around when your joints hurt? Isn’t it better to rest your body and wait for the inflammation to go away?
The answer to that question is tricky. Yes—you do want to give your joints a rest, especially when pain seems acute. But during those moments of your day when pain symptoms are lingering for hours, getting up to exercise may actually do a lot to help with your symptoms.
Researchers at the University of Michigan recently looked at the coping strategies of people with chronic pain conditions. Specifically, they set out to evaluate how different coping strategies affect symptoms and physical activity patterns in a sample of adults with knee and hip osteoarthritis.