- improve range of motion and reduce joint stiffness
- strengthen tendons, ligaments and muscles to stabilize joints
- help maintain strong bones and avoid the osteoporosis often caused by drugs commonly prescribed to treat inflammation caused by lupus
- improve or maintain cardiac health because heart disease is the leading cause of death in people with lupus
- reduce the tendency to gain weight because extra pounds put more stress on inflamed joints
- improve sleep patterns, mood and general outlook on life by releasing endorphins and decreasing stress
Because lupus must be approached on an individual basis and exercising with lupus is not without risk, we can design a program of exercises appropriate to your level of fitness and pain after consulting with your physician. When symptoms flare, physical therapists can help you engage in the correct amount of exercise and suggest alternatives to endurance and strengthening exercises that can aggravate swollen joints. The good news is that, despite the many ups and downs of lupus, early intervention can keep it at bay and make the condition more manageable.
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Paramus, Ridgewood, and Bergen County region. This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your physician before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative regimen.