While it may appear to be counterintuitive, sometimes sports can help many patients with osteoarthritis. While it may not be smart to join incredibly demanding sports, playing pickleball, a little known sport, has been shown to be quite helpful for osteoarthritis. Pickleball is becoming more popular among older individuals because it promotes being physically fit while only being lightly demanding. In pickleball, players use racquets to hit a ball over a net, similar to tennis. The racquet is helpful for individuals who have osteoarthritis in the hands, elbows, or wrists. The game does not require a lot of running, but it promotes balance and agility. Pickleball also helps improve hand-eye coordination while building stamina and improving cardiovascular help. The sport can also help individuals recover after joint replacement surgery.
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