At BBPT, one of our specialties is orthopedics, in which we treat musculoskeletal conditions like osteoarthritis. Many Americans, including health writer Jane Brody of The New York Times, suffer from arthritis. This week, Brody wrote about her experience living with the condition and coping with a variety of techniques, including physical therapy. She quotes Dr. Kenneth Brandt:
“You should exercise affected joints,” Dr. Brandt said. “Muscles around the joints can atrophy — use them or lose them — and result in even more pain and stiffness.” He suggested consulting a physical therapist or exercise physiologist to help design “an exercise program that permits loading joints appropriately.”
Do you suffer from arthritis? What are some of your ways of coping? Tell us in the comments below!