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Make a plan

“You need to have a plan, there is no point in just launch­ing into some­thing with­out a plan,” Dr O’Dwyer ad­vises. “Your phys­io­ther­a­pist will sit down with you and help you to plan out what is go­ing to hap­pen over the next few weeks. You have to move; there are fears and mis­con­cep­tions out there about ex­er­cise and the pos­si­bil­ity of it mak­ing the con­di­tion worse, but if you move in a safe, su­per­vised way, work­ing with your phys­io­ther­a­pist or oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist or doc­tor, that move­ment is will make a huge dif­fer­ence.

“Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity can re­lieve the symp­toms of pain, it can re­lieve fa­tigue, it will im­prove joint sta­bil­ity and pos­ture, as well as de­creas­ing your chances of get­ting other con­di­tions such as car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, di­a­betes, cer­tain types of can­cer.”

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