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#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 18: Sunday Funday

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 18: Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday!

Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to have some Sunday fun with your kids, friends, or loved ones. Whether you are watching the FIFA World Cup or enjoying the sunshine outdoor, we hope you get some much needed rest, relaxation, and pleasure from your day’s activities.

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For our friends in the community who are over 50 years old and have osteoarthritis, here are some activities you can do with your children:

  • Share a hobby or class. This can be dancing, golfing, gardening or swimming. Participating in low-impact exercises can keep joints flexible and muscles strong.
  • Go running or jogging with your loved ones. Determine a routine that can cater to your own flexibility, strength, and ability.
  • Play some table top games like billiards, air hockey, foosball, or table tennis. These activities help keep you active and prevent stiffness in your joints.
  • Cook with your loved ones. Cooking up a hearty meal at home can reduce your intake of added calories and fat as you have total control of which ingredients to use. Every pound of extra weight you lose takes four pounds of pressure off your knees.
  • Do some arts and crafts to keep the small muscles of your joints in motion. It will also alter your focus and concentration to something other than your arthritis pain.

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 11: Strike the pose: Yoga everyone!

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 11: Strike the pose: Yoga everyone!

Everyone, especially high performance athletes like FIFA World Cup players, is susceptible to developing osteoarthritis if they do not receive the proper rehabilitation for their joint injuries.

Risk factors for osteoarthritis include a family history of the disease, excess body weight, age, joint injury, and repeated overuse of a joint.

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One way for athletes and active individuals to get back in shape after sustaining a joint injury (and an excellent way to avoid injury) is to start low impact exercises such as yoga. Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to find some time this Sunday for yoga.

Check out this video for some specific yoga poses for soccer.

Super Bowl XLVIII – NFL players put joints at risk for the love of the game

Football players huddleWhen the Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos kicks off this afternoon at 3:30pm PST, NFL players are once again putting their joints at risk for the love of the game.

Richard Diana, former Miami Dolphins player, recalls his football days in an article in the Los Angeles Times. After a season with the Dolphins 31 years ago, Diana has since left for medical school at Yale and is now an orthopedic surgeon in his Connecticut hometown. At a reunion with his former teammates, Diana soon learned that football has taken its toll on most of the players in one way or another. Some had undergone knee and hip replacements; others developed diabetes, some had heart disease, and most had arthritis or complained of joint pain. Most players at the reunion were younger than 55.  Continue reading

Exercise can delay or prevent hip surgery for osteoarthritis patients

Image of balance scaleAccording to a study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, people with osteoarthritis (OA) who participated in an exercise program for one hour at least twice a week for 12 weeks were 44 percent less likely to need hip replacement surgery compared with those who did not exercise. The study compared hip surgery rate in the participants after six years. The group that exercised showed signs of improved flexibility and ability to perform physical activities. Continue reading

AS it Goes – Dog and Owner: United in Pain

Agatha _lean on me

Fran and her dog, Agatha.
Photo courtesy of Paul Patterson (Fran’s husband).

In the past I have blogged about Agatha, my 10-year old Labrador Retriever who motivates me to get out of the house for our daily march over hill and dale. I count on Miz A to let me know that I have been sitting at the computer for too long; she pesters me until I relent and head for the door. Despite her age and arthritic hips, she enthusiastically plays with dogs a fraction of her age and will chase down a ball with puppy-like enthusiasm (and, no, she doesn’t give up the ball after the chase).

However, after a couple of days of energetic play, she began to hobble and favour her back legs, sitting down gingerly on her hind end. When she began to moan as she got up from lying down, I knew that a trip to the vet was needed. Continue reading