A body in motion must stay in motion.
It’s not just a law of physics – it’s true about your health as well. No matter your age, staying active is one of the most important things you can do to keep your body healthy. Whether you are trying to prevent arthritis or want to keep existing arthritis from getting worse, exercise is essential.
Daily exercise helps keep your joints fully mobile. Strengthening the surrounding muscles not only helps support the joints, it also transports nutrients and waste products to and from the cartilage – the material that protects and cushions the ends of the bones.
The exercises in this guide are called range-of-motion exercises. They are gentle exercises that aim to move each joint through its normal maximum range of motion. These exercises should be done daily to help keep joints fully mobile and to prevent stiffness and deformities. Normal daily activities, such as housework, dressing, bathing and cooking, are not a substitute for range-of-motion exercises.
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The arthritis experts at Norton Orthopaedic Care
Would you like to learn more about keeping your body in motion? Norton Orthopaedic Care offers many ways to help prevent and treat arthritis, as well as care for injuries and other conditions that affect the bones and joints. Our board-certified physicians – many of whom are fellowship trained – work together with nurses, therapists, physiatrists and other care providers to offer a full range of orthopaedic services. From diagnosis through recovery, our goal is to restore maximum function so that you can keep your body in motion.
To make an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist or to learn more about preventing arthritis, call (502) 629-1234 or visit PartsInMotion.
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