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Exercising with arthritis

Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Of course, when stiff and painful joints are already bogging you down, the thought of walking around the block or swimming a few laps might make you cringe.

You don’t need to run a marathon or swim like an Olympic competitor to help reduce the symptoms of your arthritis. Even moderate exercise can ease your pain and help you maintain a healthy weight. When arthritis threatens to immobilize you, exercise keeps you moving. Not convinced? Read on.

Exercise can help you improve your health and fitness without hurting your joints. Along with your current treatment program, exercise can:

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Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory form of arthritis that causes joint pain and damage. Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the lining of your joints (synovium) causing swelling that can result in aching and throbbing and eventually deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis is two to three times more common in women than in men and generally occurs between the ages of 40 and 60. But rheumatoid arthritis can also affect young children and older adults.

Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:

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About Pseudogout

Pseudogout is a form of arthritis characterized by sudden, painful swelling in one or more of your joints. These episodes can last for days or weeks. Pseudogout typically occurs in older adults and most commonly affects your knee.

Pseudogout is named for its similarity to gout. Like gout, pseudogout causes sudden, severe pain in a joint, triggered by crystals in the joint lining. But unlike gout, which usually affects your big toe joint, pseudogout usually affects the large joints of your extremities. And pseudogout is caused by a different type of crystal.

It isn’t clear why crystals form in your joints and cause pseudogout. Although you can’t get rid of the crystals, there are treatments to help you relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation of pseudogout.

Symptoms

Pseudogout most commonly affects your knees. Other joints that may be involved include your ankles, hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders.

If you have pseudogout, you might experience: Continue reading About Pseudogout