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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.

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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