According to Dr. Rowley, the effect of arthritis on mobility is progressive.
“First, it starts with stiffness in joints,” he says. “Then comes associated pain, which can interfere with activities of daily living. Finally, weakness and imbalance set in, which can increase the risk of falls.”
He says the change often isn’t dramatic, but can be seen when you compare your mobility to a couple of years prior. Family and friends may also notice it and point out that your mobility is not what it once was.
But just because reduced mobility is a normal part of aging, you don’t have to simply accept it. With a bit of work, many people can regain some (or much) of their lost mobility.
Dr. Rowley offers a three-part strategy for getting on the move again: