Kennedy Center for the Hip and Knee's Dr. Jeffrey McLaughlin Now Advocating Swimming as an Excellent Choice for Arthritis Exercise

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Dr. Jeffrey McLaughlin Suggests Swimming as a Healthy Choice for Arthritis Patients

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The body's weightlessness in the water while exercising relieves stress on the joints and helps strengthen muscles, tissues and bones.

The Kennedy Center for the Hip and Knee is announcing Dr. Jeffrey McLaughlin’s official support of swimming activities for arthritis sufferers. He agrees with a recommendation from the Arthritis Foundation that water exercise and swimming can improve health and reduce joint pain.

"Swimming is a natural form of pain relief for those with arthritis," said McLaughlin, a board-certified orthopaedic and sports medicine surgeon and medical director at the Kennedy Center. "The body's weightlessness in the water while exercising relieves stress on the joints and helps strengthen muscles, tissues and bones."

Sufferers of arthritis who are overweight may find most other forms of exercise painful. Swimming assists with weight loss by offering a complete body workout, especially in the arms, shoulders, buttocks, abdomen and legs. Swimming also improves range of motion and joint mobility. According to the Arthritis Foundation, swimming in a heated pool at a minimum of 83 degrees is most beneficial for those with arthritis. It can be used with various knee replacement options to help patients recover and improve their overall sense of well being.

Emily Kellogg, a recent surgical knee patient at the Kennedy Center, enthusiastically endorses swimming as wonderful, pain-free exercise: "I have arthritis in both knees and walking on hard surfaces like sidewalks had become too painful. Since I've begun swimming four to five times a week, my whole body feels better, not just my knees. My back, hips and shoulders feel stronger and the muscles are more relaxed. An added benefit is that I'm sleeping much better, too."

Water activities create a combined stress release for the body and mind and provide refreshing exercise for those who find jogging or riding a bike painful or impractical. People who don't like to swim can still benefit from weightlessness in water by walking or running in the pool as an alternative. For those who can't swim or don’t consider themselves good swimmers, taking lessons at a local recreation center is an option. The Arthritis Foundation offers swimming and water exercise classes in many communities.

For more information about the Kennedy Center in Oshkosh and the services they offer, visit or call toll free at (920) 223-0123

About The Kennedy Center for the Hip and Knee:
The Kennedy Center offers a wide range of orthopaedic procedures including partial knee replacement, knee ligament surgery and a full range of hip and knee replacement options. Located at the Mercy Medical Center, the Kennedy Center is known as a leader in Wisconsin orthopaedics and has been an innovative force in the field of knee and hip replacements and other orthopaedic surgeries since its founding in 1983. Their expertise in sports medicine and other areas of orthopaedics have set the industry standard for Wisconsin orthopaedics for over 25 years.

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