Because arthritis sufferers experience pain when they move, many conclude that not moving is healthier because it doesn’t hurt. Unfortunately, that is one instance where listening to your body is not the best course of action. I hope the following information will alter that conclusion.
First, some startling statistics on arthritis from Ashley Boynes.
Some 50 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. That’s 22 per cent of the population, more than 1-in-5 adults!
Arthritis costs the US economy $128 BILLION per year.
Sad statistic – 31 per cent of US 18-64 year olds with arthritis either can’t work, or report work limitations.
Arthritis is the number one MOST COMMON disability.
Some 32 percent of veterans surveyed in 36 States had been diagnosed with arthritis, compared with 22 percent of non-veterans, representing a 50 per cent increased risk for arthritis for veterans.
More than 1,000,000 joints will be replaced this year alone.
To answer the question about suitability of exercising with arthritis, I recently attended a Northwestern Memorial Hospital Healthy Transitions presentation on Arthritis and Exercise.