Features August 2010 Issue

Arthritis and Sports: It May Be Time to Modify Your Game

Having arthritis doesnít mean you canít participate in sports, but you may have to make a few adjustments.

If you have arthritis and want to continue your participation in a sport, there are several things you can do to minimize or even avoid the pain, stiffness, or swelling that might occur as a result of light, moderate, or intense physical activity. "The first step is to train properly," says Susan Joy, MD, a primary-care sports medicine physician with Cleveland Clinic Sports Health and director of Womenís Sports Health.

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