By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor
For the 21 million American adults suffering from arthritis, stiff, painful joints can make even an easy exercise program feel impossible.
But, with countless research studies backing up the benefits of working out, can you really afford to forgo your daily cardio?
The experts don’t think so.
Neil Roth, M.D., an orthopedic and sports medicine specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, says, “there is nothing better,” than exercise when it comes to managing pain in people with arthritis. Though, he does admit that it can be hard for people who are in pain to stick to an exercise routine. “It is a catch 22, because arthritis pain can prevent a person from exercising, but it is actually one of the most beneficial ways to alleviate arthritis pain,” he says.