Appropriate exercise 'can reduce arthritis pain'

Over 50s suffering from arthritis have been advised that simple exercise can be among the most effective ways of relieving the pain caused by the condition.

A spokeswoman for Arthritis Care has informed sufferers that those looking for an alternative to more elaborate pain therapies such as analgesic drugs, hot and cold packs or physiotherapy can simply try increasing their physical activity.

She said: "Appropriate exercise is often one of the most beneficial and efficient analgesics, releasing natural painkillers into the body."

However, the organisation added that different patients are likely to respond better to different treatments and stressed the importance of using a method which is effective to the specific needs of the person.

The advice could help bring relief to the 8.5 million sufferers of osteoarthritis in the UK, with the disease affecting around a fifth of the country's adult population.

Women are particularly susceptible to the disease, with the arthritis prevalence rate among females double that of men.

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