Older adults suffering from knee arthritis find climbing stairs, getting up from a chair and walking difficult, however the findings of the research link walking more with better every day functioning.
According to Daniel White, who is the study’s lead author, and a research assistant professor in the department of physical therapy and athletic training at Boston University, every step taken in a day actually counts toward the total, and the key is to wear a pedometer and take at least 6,000 steps daily.
People suffering from osteoarthritis, who want to start exercise, should set at least 3,000 steps initially, White recommended.
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, approximately 27 million Americans, aged 25, and above have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, which is the wear-and-tear form of arthritis. Moreover, the resulting stiffness and joint pain actually restricts movement for 80 percent of arthritis patients.
The research conducted on 1,800 adults discovered that 6,000 steps a day was the threshold according to which, who would go on to develop physical disabilities or not.
The study, which has been published on 12th June in Arthritis Care & Research, tracked the number of steps taken in a week by adults, who already had arthritis or were at risk of developing the disorder. All used pedometers were part of an extensive osteoarthritis study.
After two years, the researchers examined any arthritis-related functional restrictions. The researchers discovered that for every 1,000 steps taken, functional limitations were reduced 16 percent to 18 percent.
White and other experts said that walking not only builds muscles, bones, strength and flexibility, it also assists in reducing arthritic pain.