Precautions and Contraindications
Individuals with osteoarthritis must be mindful of how their bodies feel during exercise. While some standard aches will likely be associated with physical activity, more intense pain may necessitate resting. Additionally, while moderate- or high-impact activities (ex: jogging, sprinting, heavy lifting, etc.) may be appropriate for some individuals with osteoarthritis, these exercises will put more pressure on joints and may increase levels of pain and soreness during and after exercise sessions, making them inferior physical activity options for some individuals with osteoarthritis.
Finally, individuals with osteoarthritis may benefit from the use of heat and/or cold therapies and over-the-counter or prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, which can help alleviate pain associated with osteoarthritis, as well as additional soreness that may result from exercise and other physical activities. They should consult with a doctor or other medical professional to see which of these treatments may be appropriate, as well as any potential effects they could cause when combined with exercise and other physical activities, as well as current medications and treatments.