Exercise is crucial if you have arthritis. But knowing just how much activity to do when you’re hurting can be tricky. Although mild muscle soreness after a workout is normal, sharp pain during or immediately after can signal injury.
We talked to physical therapist Richard Kassler, supervisor at the Orthopaedic and Sports Therapy Center at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, in New York City, and rheumatologist James O’Dell, MD, president of the American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation, in Atlanta, to get guidelines for when it’s OK for people with arthritis to work through exercise pain – and when it is not
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