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Arthritis and Mobility

Since arthritis affects the joints of the body it is a major cause of loss of physical mobility. Exercise for those with arthritis will keep the muscles strong and helps the joints stay flexible. People with arthritis can do simple exercises with periods of rest time in between, like riding a bike or dancing. Water aerobics is also a good way to keep the weight off of the joints and reduce further damage and pain. Make sure to consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Arthritis will usually worsen with age, and so it is important to stay as active as possible to keep the muscles strong. At some point it may be required to use some kind of mobility device to stay active. Mobility devices can help keep you mobile and allow you to be independent. There are many types of mobility devices and assistive technology that can be used to help with arthritis: canes, walkers, wheelchairs, grip tools to grab objects, electric appliances for household use, electric wheelchair lifts and grab bars in the bathtub. Ask your doctor about a mobility device that you feel could improve your life.

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