Q I have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and am still working at my Massachusetts job. Is there anything I can do to keep working longer and stay off disability?
Most arthritis sufferers fear exercise because they feel that it will damage their joints and cause more pain. Actually, lack of exercise can make RA worse and even affect your cardiac health. Exercise can help to maintain mobility and ward off cardiovascular disease. It has even been linked to prevention of RA.
How much and what type of physical activity you do should be decided between you and your doctor or a physical therapist. However, the Arthritis Foundation recommends three general types, You can visit their website for more information:
- Flexibility (stretching, range-of-motion) exercises
- Strengthening (Resistance) exercises
- Cardiovascular (aerobic) exercises
So get out and get moving! Medical science and common sense are both behind you. You really can manage your condition by moving more.
Keefe Disability Law wants you to keep working at your Massachusetts job just as long as you can. If your condition has made it more and more difficult for you to work, contact us for information on filing for Social Security disability benefits. You can call us toll free at 888-904-6847 or fill in the form on this page for a free case review.