Q: Does exercise makes arthritis worse?
A: No. In fact, exercise stimulates cartilage to take up more nutrients and repair itself, and physical activity thus helps people with osteoarthritis reduce pain and stiffness and cope better with daily activities. Any kind of low-impact exercise, such as walking or swimming, along with gentle range-of-motion exercises, is beneficial. This is the basis of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, offered nationwide.