Physical Activity and Self-Management Can Improve Arthritis

May 2021

Arthritis is a leading contributor to chronic disease burden and a top cause of morbidity, work limitations, and reduced quality of life. People with arthritis face barriers to physical activity such as fear of worsening arthritis pain and progression. However, arthritis and its limitations can be managed effectively, and symptoms improved, through routine physical activity and participation in self-management education (SME) programs. Physical activity has been proven to reduce pain, improve physical function and mental health, and helps to manage other comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Studies show that adults with arthritis who participate in CDC-recognized evidence-based physical activity programs and self-management education programs can experience reduced pain or improved physical function.

Primary care providers can help adults with arthritis by recommending physical activity to improve symptom management and overall health. A recent CDC study examines physical activity assessment and recommendation behaviors of primary care providers who see adults with arthritis and demonstrates that evidence-based approaches to support primary care provider counseling include offering education and training, raising awareness of available resources and using health system supports.  

Read more from the May 2021 issue of Impact Brief below.

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  • Physical Activity and Self-Management Can Improve Arthritis
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