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Aquatic Versus Land Exercise: Which Yields Greater Benefits for Osteoarthritis (OA) Patients?

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects nearly 27 million U.S. adults ages 25 years or older, and is marked by symptoms of joint pain and stiffness. Seeking treatment and relief, in 2008, OA patients made 36 million office visits. Over-the-counter and prescription analgesics, and intra-articular corticosteroid injections are the mainstays of primary treatment. Matthew Silvis, M.D., Penn State Hershey Bone and Joint Institute, points out, “Regular exercise also eases OA symptoms, mainly because it strengthens supporting muscles which help to stabilize the joint and absorb the impact of movement.” The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that patients with OA engage in moderate activity for thirty minutes, at least five times per week. Continue reading

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