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D. Managing Those Aches And Pains

Narrator: This is Science Today. Arthritis is one of the leading health problems today, affecting nearly 40 million Americans. In order to better manage these aches and pains, Dr. Nancy Lane of the University of California, San Francisco says common misnomers about arthritis must be addressed.

Lane: If your joints hurt when you walk, then you stop walking...that's a misconception. Probably another misconception is that there's nothing that can help it, so why take medicines.

Narrator: Instead, Lane says symptoms can be alleviated by a combination of anti-inflammatory medicines and non-medical treatment, such as exercise and weight control.

Lane: If you weigh too much, it's gonna hurt your joints when you walk around. So you better stay at a recommended weight, that's what's going to help your arthritis.

Narrator: And as for exercising ...

Lane: If your joints hurt, your knees hurt, you shouldn't be jogging. Low impact exercises or water aerobics or swimming ... the type of things that strengthen the muscles around your joint without making the joints become more painful is the most helpful.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.