Exercise is potent preventive medicine for everyone, but especially if you live with arthritis. Our bodies were meant to move, and countless studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle is harmful to your health.
Dr. Gurprit Sekhon and our team at Nu Wave Medical Center are highly skilled in caring for patients who are dealing with a wide range of complex health challenges.
Dr. Sekhon isn’t just an expert at creating effective treatment plans and providing medical care, though. She has a unique ability to connect with her patients and that connection is founded in compassion.
What happens to your body when you have arthritis?
It’s important to understand that arthritis is not a one-size-fits-all malady. There are actually over 100 types of this joint disease, and conditions associated with it.
Arthritis presents itself in many different ways and through an array of joint symptoms, including:
- Decreased range of motion
- Certain visible signs, like finger deformities
The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis impacts your entire joint and occurs when your joint cartilage is damaged due to years of wear and tear. The condition causes pain and inflammation.
Rheumatoid arthritis is quite different in that your immune system actually assaults your joint capsules’ linings. Joint capsules are made of strong membranes and if you have this type of arthritis, the membranes swell and become inflamed, leading to cartilage and bone breakdown.
Gout is yet another type of arthritis Dr. Sekhon has experience treating. This problem occurs when the uric acid from your diet crystallizes and becomes concentrated in your joints. Gout attacks are quite painful.
Why is it so crucial to exercise with arthritis?
No matter what kind of arthritis you may suffer from, it’s vital that you keep your body moving. Why? Because in addition to health benefits, if you have arthritis, exercise can:
- Strengthen your muscles (which surround your joints)
- Preserve your bone strength
- Enhance your ability to enjoy high-quality rest
- Promote better balance
The more you move, the more energy you'll have, and this is a win-win for your joints. Exercise also helps keep tabs on your weight. Excess weight can really exacerbate your arthritis.
You and your doctor are an arthritis-fighting team
It’s important to remember that you and Dr. Sekhon are in this together. Her treatment plan for your arthritis is based on your own medical history, your pain patterns, and the stage you’re at with this disease.
Dr. Sekhon looks at your arthritis from many angles to find treatment. She'll provide healthy lifestyle advice that you can adhere to in order to give your bones and joints TLC, such as nutritional counseling. She'll also discuss the role that pain medication and physical therapy can have in alleviating your arthritis symptoms.
Take steps now to relieve your arthritis symptoms or slow its progression
That’s why we’re here! Contact our office at Nu Wave Medical Center to schedule an appointment today.