Exercise Reduces Musculoskeletal Pain & Effects of Osteoporosis
exercise may actually decrease the pain associated with musculoskeletal
problems, according to the American Orthopaedic Society For Sports
aches and pains that you may cite as your reasons for staying away from
exercise programs may actually be alleviated by physical exercise.
like everything else, moderation and common sense are the keys," said
Dr. Nick DiNubile, one of the two AOSSM members who contributed to the
Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health. "The safest
thing to do is to listen to your body. If something hurts, you need to
modify your program. However, an occasional sore shoulder does not give
you a reason to become a couch potato. Everyone, including people with
musculoskeletal problems, can benefit from a properly designed exercise
or activity program."
AOSSM, this is especially true for people with arthritis and low back
pain. Regular exercise can help alleviate the symptoms of these and
other musculoskeletal problems. AOSSM offers some advice for combating
the pain associated with musculoskeletal problems including:
Riding a bicycle — stationary or regular — may actually
help rehabilitate the knee joint. Additional exercises to build up
quadriceps and hamstring flexibility may also help relieve some of the
pain associated with knee problems.
Shoulder pain is most commonly caused by overuse, according to AOSSM.
Tennis lovers need to make sure they stretch their shoulder joints
before playing and that they don't squeeze too many games into one
weekend. Symptoms may diminish with a strengthened rotator cuff muscle.
Lower back pain.
Regular exercise is the most common treatment for sufferers of lower
back pain, said the AOSSM. Exercises that improve muscle strength for
spine support and increase flexibility will best relieve the pain
associated with this musculoskeletal problem. Swimming is a good
activity if you are already active, yet suffer from occasional back
pain. Proper posture and lifting techniques also may help.
of osteoporosis can likewise be lessened by exercise, according to Dr.
Don Bradley, vice president of medical management for Blue Cross and
Blue Shield of North Carolina.
engaging in weight-bearing exercise, such as running, walking or stair
climbing can contribute to alleviating the problems associated with
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