Arthritis: Find a Community-based Physical Activity Program
Regular physical activity can benefit your physical, mental, and social health, and prevent or improve many chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, and some cancers. Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reviewed the evidence and identified several community-based physical activity programs shown to help people manage arthritis and related chronic conditions outside a therapeutic setting. The American Physical Therapy Association also supports the use of these programs as part of patient care.
Choosing and Locating a Program
Community-based physical activity programs are low-cost and widely available. They meet in convenient locations such as recreational facilities and community centers. Fees may vary by location. Talk to your physical therapist to find a program that's right for you and to see what programs are offered in your area.
If you have problems with movement or participating in physical activities you enjoy, a physical therapist can help. Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To locate a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.
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