New research examines the benefits of physical activity, such as brisk walking, on the mobility and ability of the person with osteoarthritis in their daily life.
The osteoarthritis it is the most common form of arthritis in older people in the United States. The knee osteoarthritis it affects 10 to 13% of people over 60 and the rate increases after 70.
There is no specific treatment for osteoarthritis and it is treated with painkillers or surgery depending on the stage it is at. It is estimated that 2 out of 5 people will develop symptoms of osteoarthritis in their daily life.
A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examines the ways in which osteoarthritis affects mobility. Dorothy Dunlop, Ph.D.., professor of preventive medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine of the Northwestern Universityin Chicago, Illinois, is conducting the investigation.
Walking reduces the risk of osteoarthritis by 85%
Dunlop and his colleagues looked at a sample of 1,500 adults who developed osteoarthritis. All participants had osteoarthritis and had pain and difficulty moving, but had no symptoms at the start of the study.
Researchers tracked participants’ physical activity for 4 years and analysis found that an hour of brisk walking helped them maintain good posture and mobility compared to those who didn’t walk. In fact, this hour per week reduced the percentage of movement restrictions by 45%.
According to experts, all older people should walk at least 2.5 hours a week to reduce the risk of developing the disease. However, since this can be difficult for someone who hasn’t exercised in their entire life, doctors suggest setting small goals, starting with 1 hour a week, which means around 10 minutes a day. . Even this small percentage can help seniors maintain an active daily life without difficulties or mobility restrictions.