Muscle strength and mobility

Good muscle strength is vital for a healthy joint. Muscles support joints from both above and below, and when muscle strength is diminished greater pressure is placed on the joint itself. Some joints have been shown to have a lower rate of osteoarthritis when supported well by stronger muscles.

In addition when your muscles are strong and working effectively they help stabilise the joints and improve balance, confidence and ability to be physically active such as going up and down stairs or getting in and out of a car.

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