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How physical activity and exercise can help people with osteoarthritis

How can physical activity and exercise help people with osteoarthritis? In this article, Dr Rachel Nelligan describes the benefits.

Also, regular exercise can prevent or reduce the need for pain relieving medication. In fact, scientific research has shown the benefits of exercise on pain are similar to the effects achieved with pain relieving medications like paracetamol and non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – but exercise doesn’t have the risks or side effects of medications!

Scientific evidence has also shown exercise can help people with osteoarthritis avoid or delay the need for joint replacement surgery. In fact, exercise can reduce the need for a hip or joint replacement by 44% – 68%!

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