Is Swimming Good For My Arthritis?

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We get asked that question often in the clinic. As summertime and warm weather approach, let’s take a moment to answer! The short answer is YES! Swimming and water aerobics are great activities for those with arthritic joints, especially the knees, hips, and back.Buoyancy or the force water exerts upward on the body, decreases the effect of gravity on a person. This change in pressure offloads the joints, providing less stress where it hurts.Water-based exercise gives you not only a cardiovascular benefit, it also provides resistance to all your movements in any direction via tensile forces of the water itself. Therefore, as summer comes upon us, take some time to get in the pool and make a splash! Your joints will thank you!

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