Arthritis affects millions of people across North America. Our risk of arthritis goes up as we get older as well. Most people think that the term arthritis refers to the wear and tear that happens from previous injuries, a lifelong active career or based on what we have done day to day. That is osteoarthritis and it is one of the most common types of arthritis. How does your arthritis present and affect you?
There are actually about 30 different types of arthritis (for more information on each of them individually, check out The Arthritis Society). Other types of arthritis include
Many of the clients that we see at STAVE OFF for physiotherapy or for our exercise programs tell us their stories of pain, tiredness and stiffness. They battle the conversation of whether or not they need a joint replacement. They want to avoid it and that is where we come in. The way you manage your arthritis is unique to how it is affecting your life.
Exercise is one of the most powerful ways to improve the symptoms of your arthritis, prevent a knee replacement or make your body stronger as you await surgery.
In today’s episode we take a deep dive into the concept of arthritis, what to do if you have it, how to avoid flare ups and we try to relay the message that you are not alone! Sometimes knowing that you are not alone in your arthritis pain, that others know exactly what you are going through, can make a big difference.
In this video, we got talking about some of the exercises we use when people have lower body arthritis. Squats inevitably came up! We wanted to show you some of the progressions we were talking about so we did a video. You can check it out here!
Enjoy the episode and if you have comments, don’t hesitate to Contact Us!