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Reduce Your Osteoarthritis Pain With Exercise

Did you know that regular exercise can reduce the pain of osteoarthritis? Studies have found that people who regularly exercise have less pain from their joints than those who do not. In fact, even if the exercise does not result in weight loss, it may help you to feel better and be more comfortable. How can exercise help you in your pain control?

Extra weight on your body can cause the joints in your body to ache, simply due to the stress that is put on them. While extra weight is not the sole cause of osteoarthritis, it is one leading cause of it and it can be quite painful. It causes a vicious cycle as well, because you need to exercise to lose weight, but it can be painful to do so.

Studies seem to indicate that regular exercise has an effect on the cytokines of the body. Excess cytokine production has been found to break down the cartilage between the joints and cause joint disease, like osteoarthritis. Exercise can cause the cytokine production to be decreased, helping you to have less pain.

While you may feel that exercise will cause you more pain, understand that it can actually cause you less pain in the long run. Simply start out slow and give your body the time it needs to adjust to your new habit. You may hurt for a few days, but you will soon see that it can help you to feel better and feel less pain in the future.

Whether you are exercising for weight loss or to simply feel better, it can have a big impact upon your pain level as well. Give it a chance and you will soon see big results in how you feel physically and mentally. Osteoarthritis is not something that can hold you back, if you will get the regular exercise that your body needs.

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-BS Pharm, PharmD, RPh

Dr. Paul Zickler is a graduate of the University of Wester Ontario in 1972. After graduating from the faculty of medicine, Dr. Zickler practiced as an Emergency Physician for 18 years. He has then operated ambulatory medical and travel clinics for 12 years. Dr. Zickler has become an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, a Director of Professional Programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (paramedic academy), a principal investigator for Phase 2 and 3 studies researching vaccines, and a founding member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Dr. Zickler is passionate about combining western prescription medicine and natural medicines.

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