I am 79 years old. I have been a chronic sufferer of arthritis for quite a while. The level of pain in the joints and muscles varies daily. The rubs and heating pads do little. Prescribed meds help, but the side effects abound. Other things such as shots give temporary help.
I was introduced to therapy classes, which help lessen the pain and enable me to have a better range of motion. Especially the water aerobics that have helped the most. At first, I was skeptical because I could not swim. The exercises the instructor uses lessen the joint pain, increases upper body strength, induces weight loss and helps with my balance. The more often I get therapy, the better I feel. It’s necessary intervention for me.