Study Finds That Walking Reduces Osteoarthritis Limitations

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Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Millstein comments on study linking walking to a decreased risk of osteoarthritis limitations.

Dr. Eric Millstein, orthopedic surgeon in Beverly Hills

This study is important because it really highlights the benefits of physical activity. More and more evidence supports just how vital moving is, not only for our joint health, but for our overall health.

According to a new study published in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) journal, taking 6,000 steps a day keeps mobility limitations at bay for patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Nearly 27 million Americans aged 25 and older are diagnosed with osteoarthritis, and 80% of these patients have some limitations in movement. However, researchers discovered that walking resulted in a lower risk of functional limitations, even though participants in the study were suffering from or at risk of developing osteoarthritis.

“This study is important because it really highlights the benefits of physical activity,” said Dr. Eric S. Millstein, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Beverly Hills. “More and more evidence supports just how vital moving is, not only for our joint health, but for our overall health. This study has provided insight on the beneficial nature of walking.”

The study found that while popular belief is that people should take an average of 10,000 steps per day, walking just 6,000 steps was optimal, while increasing daily walking by just 1,000 steps was still beneficial. Adults with arthritis tend to walk less, and the study shows that by simply increasing the amount of walking they do, patients with arthritis could improve their condition.

“Arthritis is a painful, potentially disabling condition,” said Dr. Millstein. “This study shows that while walking with osteoarthritis may be painful at first, the long term benefits can lead to less pain.”

Dr. Millstein is an arthritic specialist based in Beverly Hills. Dr. Millstein offers surgical, nonsurgical, and medical treatment options for arthritis. An orthopedic specialist like Dr. Millstein can help patients decide which arthritis treatment options are right for them.    

Dr. Millstein graduated with AOA honors and academic awards from the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and then completed his orthopedic residency training at the University of Chicago. Dr. Millstein also spent 18 months at the Southern Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys as a fellow in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic surgery, and continues to study, teach, and utilize the most current techniques in both joint preservation and joint replacement surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. As an Arthritis specialist, Dr. Millstein has helped many patients manage their arthritis symptoms. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Eric Millstein, please call 310.595.1030 or visit his website http://www.millsteinorthopedics.com.

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