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Promoting exercise and physical activity for individuals with arthritis 

by: Marie Westby, PT, PhD

Like other British Columbians, people living with arthritis are healthier, happier and live longer when they are physically active. Yet, one of the first things people give up when diagnosed with an arthritis condition is physical activity or their recreational pursuits. Being inactive, in addition to arthritis-related problems, can lead to a variety of health risks, including obesity, Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Pain levels, joint stiffness, muscle strength, balance and daily function can all be made worse by inactivity. For many older people with arthritis, joint and muscle changes due to aging can make matters worse. Therefore, for the person with arthritis, finding the right type of exercise to remain active is very important.

Fast facts 

  • People with arthritis who exercise regularly have less pain, more energy, improved sleep, better coping skills, greater day-to-day function and a lower risk of falling.
  • For people with inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), regular and appropriate exercise can help to control or even reduce disease activity (pain, stiffness, swelling) and maintain bone strength and quality, especially in the small joints of the hands and feet
  • Starting off slowly with a few, low-intensity exercises will help to ensure a safe and successful exercise program.

What kind of exercise is needed?  

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Info about the Mary Pack Arthritis Program (Click Here)

 

Fact Sheet: Exercise and arthritis from the American College of Rheumatology (Click Here)

 

Information on Rheumatoid Arthritis from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (Click Here)

 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LINE AT 1-877-725-1149 OR EMAIL YOUR QUESTION TO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our Qualified exercise professionals ARE READY TO ASSIST YOU IN TAKING ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH! 
 

 

 

The OsteoArthritis Service Integration System (OASIS) is an assessment and referral program that helps people with osteoarthritis self-manage their condition and access support services as any stage of the disease. OASIS services include:

 
  • Multi-disciplinary assessments for individuals in the early stages through to the more advanced stages of osteoarthritis

  • Personalized action plans

  • A variety of education sessions on topics such as exercise, nutrition, and pain management

  • A Listing of Community Services providing information on locally available services

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help determine if OASIS is right for you.

Q. I’ve recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. How can OASIS help me?

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"The Arthritis Society is the only not-for-profit organization in Canada uniquely devoted to promoting and funding arthritis research based solutions, education, as well as community support for Canadians living with arthritis"(The Arthritis Society, 2008).

 

 

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