Navigation Links
Do Arthritics Perceive the Importance of Exercise in the Management of Disease?

In the United States, Arthritis happens to be the single most cause of disability, which is also a huge financial burden on the country, estimated at $86 billion per year.// In the management of this disease, exercises play a vital role in reduction of pain, improving muscle strength and enhancing the quality of life. Yet with such clear indications about the benefit of exercise, people with arthritis don’t engage in as much exercise as they should, and even lesser than those who don’t suffer arthritis.

Understanding what motivates and enables some people with arthritis to exercise, and what prevents others, is the focus of a study featured in the August 2006 issue of Arthritis Care & Research (http://www.interscience.wiley.com/journal/arthritiscare). Conducted at the University of South Carolina, and supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Schools of Public Health, its findings have direct implications for how to market exercise to arthritis patients, how to tailor exercise programs to their challenges, and how to encourage and sustain their participation.

To identify the perceived barriers to and benefits of exercise among people with arthritis, 68 people with arthritis were divided into 12 focus groups. To help participants feel more comfortable and willing to talk openly, the groups were segmented by exercise status, socioeconomic status, and race. Each focus group came together and discussed their perceptions of exercise, as well as their experiences. Each discussion was transcribed and coded by two people. Following the sessions, NVivo software was used to extract themes for exercisers with arthritis, defined by participation in moderate activities on at least 3 days per week for 30 minutes per day or vigorous activities on at least 3 days per week for 20 minutes per day or strength training on at least 3 days per week for 20 minutes per day, and for non-exercisers with arthritis. A mong them:

1. Pain. Although all focus groups stressed pain as a barrier, exercisers were more likely to make adaptations and work through the pain to attain the benefits of exercise, while non-exercisers were more likely to give up exercise altogether.
2. Attitudes and beliefs. Non-exercisers were much more likely than exercisers to express the belief that they were physically unable to exercise.
3. Lack of support. Non-exercisers were more likely to cite their physician's failure to refer them to helpful exercise programs and to voice their desire for exercise partners with similar limitations.


4. Lack of programs. For both exercisers and non-exercisers, the lack of exercise programs or facilities for individuals with arthritis emerged as a barrier.

5. Symptom management. Exercisers tended to be more positive about how exercise could reduce pain, improve mobility, and more, because they had experienced these benefits. Non-exercisers often used such phrases as "this is what I hear" or "this is what I understand" to describe desired outcomes.

'Our findings provide useful information for understanding the experiences with and beliefs about exercise among persons with arthritis,' notes study author, Sara Wilcox, Ph.D., 'and informing recruitment and intervention strategies.' To increase the rates of regular exercise among arthritis patients, Dr. Wilcox and her colleagues offer concrete recommendations for health care professionals and communities, including:

? Make a practice of prescribing exercise, with referrals and instruction.
? Work to expand the availability of arthritis-specific exercise programs.
? Emphasize ways in which individuals with arthritis can modify exercise to accommodate their physical limitations and effectively manage the pain.
? Move beyond knowledge-based approaches to change the mindsets and behavior of non-exercisers.

Source : Eureka Al ert


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Perceived stress decreases vaccine response
2. Have You Ever Wondered How We Perceive Different Sounds?
3. Clinical Factors of Tinnitus Influence Perceived Loudness and Annoyance
4. Importance of Fatty food In Hypercholestrolemia
5. Importance of soy protein in your diet
6. Importance of type of sex in organ transplantation
7. Importance of An Active Lifestyle
8. Importance of An Active Lifestyle
9. The Importance Of “ Good ”Control Of Diabetes During Pregnanc
10. The Importance Of Skin Cancer Screening
11. The Importance Of Folic Acid Supplements
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/25/2017)... NJ (PRWEB) , ... April 25, 2017 , ... Saad B. Chaudhary, MD is committed ... treatment of acute or chronic problems, I focus on preventative care with all my patients ... you have any questions, always feel free to contact my office and my trained staff ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... 25, 2017 , ... Amendia, Inc., designer, developer, and manufacturer ... with and platinum sponsorship of Global Spine Outreach (“GSO”), a charitable organization dedicated ... complex spine deformity cases, particularly in children. , GSO’s focus is to provide ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Ridgecrest Herbals makes it a point ... strategies to reduce waste, and support renewable energy. They believe this is a crucial ... to find solutions for health issues, and maintain that destroying the environment in the ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... Sacramento, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... nearly $1.6 million in charitable dental services to 1,961 people during the April 22-23 ... services at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care, CDA Cares educates ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... they are seeking public support to bring their novel lifesaving device for the ... device packed with medical-grade sensors, specially designed to read a child’s vital signs, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... Driven by Rapidly Expanding Injectables Market and Increasing Usage of Complex ... ... technologies will rise from USD 20 Billion in 2015 to around ... Delivery Technologies - Innovation Driven by Rapidly Expanding Injectables Market and ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and Forecasts, 2014 ... ... US$ 7,167.6 Mn in 2015, and is expected to reach ... 5.6% from 2016 to 2024. The global ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... VANCOUVER , April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - CRH Medical Corporation (TSX: CRH) ... the Bloom Burton & Co. Healthcare Investor Conference 2017 at the ... Edward Wright , Chief Executive Officer of the Company is ... Company,s CFO, Richard Bear and the Chairman of the ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: