Arthritis and Exercise – Health Care Provider Counseling
Arthritis is a remarkably common problem in the Unites States, affecting millions of people and can become a barrier for patients with diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. The American College of Rheumatology osteoarthritis management guidelines recommend exercise as a first-line, nonpharmacologic strategy to manage arthritis symptoms. One of the Healthy People 2020 initiatives was increasing the physical activity counseling for patients with arthritis by health care providers. A recent report by the CDC on this topic was interesting. They found that from 2002 to 2014 the prevalence of exercise counseling increased from 51% to 61%. While they appreciated the significant increase in exercise counseling during that time, they also point out that approximately 40% of adults with arthritis are still not receiving counseling for exercise as part of their treatment. They conclude that continued efforts at health care provider education are needed, along with improving Electronic Medical Record (EMR) prompts and connection with community programs.
At Cycling CME, one of our themes has been the importance of physical activity in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease. We support initiatives such as Exercise is Medicine and promote the importance of continuing education for all medical providers on this issue.
Remember – regular physical activity is essential to health and wellbeing!
Hootman JM, Murphy LB, Omura JD, et al. Health Care Provider Counseling for Physical Activity or Exercise Among Adults with Arthritis — United States, 2002 and 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;66:1398–1401.