Frequently Asked Questions

11. Can exercise help treat osteoarthritis?

Yes, exercise is one of the best treatments. Exercise can improve mood and outlook, decrease pain, and assist in maintaining a healthy weight. The amount and form of exercise will depend on which joints are involved, how stable the joints are, whether or not the joint is swollen, and whether a joint replacement has already been done. Ask your doctor or physical therapist what exercises are best for you.

The following types of exercise are part of a well-rounded arthritis treatment plan.

To see examples of these exercises for older adults, go to Exercises to Try or visit Go4Life® the National Institute on Aging’s exercise and physical activity program for older adults.

Studies also show that people with knee osteoarthritis who exercise appropriately feel less pain and function better.