How to Exercise with Chronic Pain

When you have chronic pain, exercising safely may help with managing your pain. In fact, being inactive can sometimes lead to a cycle of more pain and loss of function. A few things to consider when starting exercise with chronic pain:

  • Consider a combination of different exercises, focusing on endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Talk with a doctor about which exercises might be right for you.
  • Listen to your body when participating in physical activities. If you have swelling or inflammation in a specific joint area, you may need to focus on exercising another area for a day or two. 
  • Seek medical advice right away if something doesn’t feel right or hurts.

Learn more about exercising with chronic pain on NIA’s website.

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