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Posted by: Esmé | 2004/01/14

EXERCISES FOR ARTHRITIS

My father of 70 is a hemiplegic and has arthritis in his knees. He now wants to start riding on exercise cycle. Would this have any benefit or would it make the arthritis worse?

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Hi there

All things considered, I would actually recommend that you and your father look into starting an exercise programme in consultation with either a doctor or a biokineticist. There is more to it than just arthritis of course. For arthritis alone, exercise is very beneficial, provided it’s not done at a high intensity which can worsen the condtion. Gentle cycling would be a good option. However, in your father’s case, a more complex situation exists because he is hemiplegic and because he is starting exercise at age 70. I think that this is a very noble thing, and I would encourage him to be active, but only with great care – heart problems, injury, etc are all much bigger factors at 70 than they would be for a 30 year old. So, all things considered, I certainly think that a doctor or a biokineticist would be best placed to advise and help him start up.

Good luck

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