• Moving is medicine

    For arthritis sufferers, exercise is the key to mobility
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      What: Southern Oregon Arthritis Walk, a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation with health fair, kids' activities, music, raffle and food; walking routes are 5K and one mile.
      When: 10 a.m. Satu...
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      If you go
      What: Southern Oregon Arthritis Walk, a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation with health fair, kids' activities, music, raffle and food; walking routes are 5K and one mile.

      When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6; free registration opens at 9 a.m.

      Where: Bear Creek Park, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Highland Drive, Medford.

      For more information, to volunteer or raise funds: Call 1-888-845-5695 or see www.arthritis.org/arthritis-walk.php; raise $100 or more to be eligible for an Arthritis Walk T-shirt.
  • 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.
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