Features March 2008 Issue

Practice Good Posture to Help Keep Your Arthritis in Check

Proper body alignment reduces excess stress on your joints and lessens the aches and pains of arthritis.

With one in five adults in the United States suffering from arthritis, itís easy to understand why sophisticated new medications and surgical procedures have become common treatments for the disease. But managing arthritis pain may be as simple as standing up straight. Proper posture helps relieve the symptoms of arthritis, explains Matthew Bunyard, MD, director of clinic operations in the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at Cleveland Clinic. "While poor posture does not cause arthritis, bad posture can lead to more pain from arthritis due to the unnecessary stress on joints and muscles that it causes," says Dr. Bunyard.

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