|Description:||Seated at her in-home desk after having picked up her mail from her street side mailbox (see PHIL 13942 and 13948), this woman, who is a rheumatoid arthritis patient, was making notations in what appeared to be a daily diary. Living with arthritis does not necessarily mean existing in a non-functional state, and keeping a record of your daily progress, helps not only the patient, but her physician track any progress, as well as any regression in her condition.|
Regular physical activity is just as important for people with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions as it is for all children and adults. Scientific studies have shown that participation in moderate-intensity, low-impact physical activity improves pain, function, mood, and quality of life without worsening symptoms or disease severity. Being physically active can also delay the onset of disability if you have arthritis. But people with arthritis may have a difficult time being physically active because of symptoms (e.g., pain, stiffness), their lack of confidence in knowing how much and what to do, and unclear expectations of when they will see benefits. Both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities are proven to work well, and both are recommended for people with arthritis.