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Gardening with Arthritis

Do you like to get your hands dirty and exercise your green thumb? Gardening is a hobby many people enjoy. However, digging, kneeling, and bending can be hard on joints. If you’re one of over 50 million Americans who have been diagnosed with arthritis, gardening might be an activity you think you have to give up. Yet it doesn’t have to be. Don’t let joint pain stop you from doing an activity you enjoy. Here are a few tips on how to manage your arthritis effectively while gardening from expert Monica Piecyk, MD, Rheumatologist at NEBH.

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Four Ways to Be Active in the Water

Swimming is an ideal form of exercise for those suffering from joint pain. NEBH Orthopedic surgeon and joint replacement specialist James Nairus, MD, explains that swimming raises your heart rate and builds your cardiovascular fitness without putting pressure on your joints the way running or jogging will. If you’re looking to achieve the health benefits of exercising in water but aren’t excited by the repetition of swimming laps, here are a few ideas of other water activities you can try.

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Tips to Get in Shape for Joint Replacement Surgery

There are many things you can do to plan ahead for joint replacement surgery, which can help ensure a more successful outcome. One of the things many people can benefit from is exercising before surgery. You will want to focus on strengthening your entire body, not just your knee or hip. Strengthening your upper body can be beneficial as you will be relying on your arms more than usual to get in and out of bed, in and out of a chair and walk.

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