“It is important to incorporate a good home exercise program to help arthritic patients decrease and alleviate symptoms,” says John Gallucci, Jr., Founder/President of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, a Sports Medicine consultant for the NFL, NBA, and the Medical Coordinator for Major League Soccer. Doing 10 minutes of gentle stretching exercises every morning will relax stiff muscles to keep you flexible along with applying heat or ice for 10-15 minutes no more than 2-3 times per day. Various aquatic therapy exercises are proven to be beneficial to patients suffering from arthritis along with the importance of getting plenty of sleep. Sleeping 8 -10 hours a night and taking naps during the day can help you recover from a flare-up more quickly and may even help prevent flare-ups. Also, avoid staying in one position for too long and positions or movements that place extra stress on your sore joints.
John Gallucci Jr., MS, ATC, DPT
President, JAG-ONE Physical Therapy
Medical Coordinator, Major League Soccer