Moving more with hand and elbow pain
“Keep moving." Your joints were made to move. They need movement to nourish the joint and keep the muscles around the joint strong and limber. Clinicians often encourage their patients with hand and elbow pain to be as active as they can—as long as it isn't exacerbating joint pain.
The benefits of staying active are numerous. Exercise can:
- Control joint pain and swelling
- Help you rehabilitate after a procedure or a flare-up
- Slow the deterioration of arthritic joints
You should aim for 30 minutes of low-impact aerobic activity on most days and strength training activity twice a week
In order to help plan the next steps think about the following
- How would you like things to be different?
- What have you tried before to make yourself feel better and in less pain?
- What were the good things about what you tried previously and what are the less good things about it?
- What will you do next?
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