Back pain pushed Denise Clements toward yoga more than a decade ago.
Then pain in her knees and hips curtailed Clements' regular yoga practice and almost any other exercise.
“Unfortunately, I didn't go talk to anybody about it,” says the Medford resident. “I just stopped.”
Arthritis spelled the same consequence for Clements at age 73 that it does for millions of Americans of all ages. Facing a diagnosis of arthritis, they cease exercising and minimize movement to safeguard their joints.
“They're very fearful of it,” says physical therapist Amanda Olson.
In reality, sedentary adults with diagnoses of arthritis sacrifice other aspects of health, feel just as much pain and ultimately jeopardize an independent lifestyle if they're unable to perform everyday tasks.
“It becomes almost a Catch-22,” says Olson. “The muscles become weak ... the joint itself can just become tighter.”
Clements recognized the effects of her inactivity since starting physical therapy with Olson at Jackson County Physical Therapy's Phoenix office.