|Description:||Finally, after having loaded her luggage into her vehicle’s back seat area (see PHIL 13958, 13959, 13960, and 13961), this woman, who is a rheumatoid arthritis patient, had entered the automobile, and had settled herself in the driver’s seat. She’d placed her walking cane and handbag on the passenger seat. Note her access to a pump bottle of hand sanitizer on the console to her left. In this particular image, she was in the process of securing, and adjusting her safety belt.|
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.