Does regular exercise reduce the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis?
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Exercise helps reduce the pain, but it's unclear whether it helps with stiffness. Exercise moderately reduces pain in elderly patients with osteoarthritis (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, 3 systematic reviews, including high-quality studies) and has a small effect on reducing self-reported disability (SOR: B, 2 systematic reviews, including reviews of smaller studies). No studies have evaluated the effect of exercise on stiffness.
Journal of Family Practice, 57(7) 2008: 476-477.
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