If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, it may feel as though your days at the golf course or afternoon bike rides must come to an end. While living with osteoarthritis can be a pain, staying active is key when it comes to managing OA.
Osteoarthritis is also known as the ‘wear and tear’ arthritis and can be a major source of discomfort for sufferers, which can unfortunately really slow us down. Most people living with OA think that any form of exercise is going to aggravate their condition. Low-impact exercises like cycling, walking, and yoga are perfect ways for those with osteoarthritis to get up and get moving. Exercise is a great way to ensure that your joints will remain strong and flexible. However, warming up should be the first thing on your to-do list.
What about staying active in sports like golfing? The key is in the prep work. Opt for lightweight clubs and try to keep your golf bag as light as possible by only taking the clubs that you’ll need for the day. Wear good quality shoes that have extra cushioning, especially if you plan to walk the course. When you get to the course, remember to do some stretches before you’re ready to play. Also, pay extra attention to your swing. Swinging a golf club puts a lot of extra force on hips and knees, so keeping it simple with a classic swing.
While there’s no cure for osteoarthritis, maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is certainly possible and may help to slow the degenerative process and help to reduce symptoms. If you or someone you love is struggling to manage osteoarthritis symptoms, a research study may be an option. Study participants receive care from board-certified physicians and have access to potential new treatment medications before the general public. Compensation is also available for time and travel expense. To learn more, click HERE.