Lifestyle with Osteoarthritis

Dr. Kam Shojania, MD FRCPC, Rheumatologist, discusses osteoarthritis and lifestyle.

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Dr. Kam Shojania, MD FRCPC, Rheumatologist, discusses osteoarthritis and lifestyle.
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Featuring Dr. Kam Shojania, MD, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 26 seconds

Having osteoarthritis can be confusing because on one hand we say conserve your joints and protect them, and on the other hand, we say exercise.

There is a line that you have to follow between too little and too much exercise. I think most people don't exercise enough. A gentle exercise program including some walking and other things that one would enjoy, such as swimming, aerobics classes, and tai chi.

These can be helpful for people with osteoarthritis to help protect the joints, lose weight and keep strong and functional. Sometimes people need some help in terms of supportive aids, such as canes, insoles, knee splints, thumb splints, or finger splints. An occupational therapist can help fashion one of those custom or they can be bought off the shelf as well.

If you have questions about osteoarthritis and lifestyle changes, contact a local rheumatologist or family physician.

Presenter: Dr. Kam Shojania, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Rheumatologist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.