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Work Out That Joint Pain

Advice on when to stop exercising

SUNDAY, Sept. 19, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- If you experience knee pain during your daily exercise, you may be unsure about whether you should continue or stop.

Go ahead and exercise, but with caution, if your muscles are sore and aching and if your doctor has said it's OK for you to exercise.

That's the advice from the September issue of the Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, which also recommends that you stop exercising and see your doctor if:

  • You have swelling around a joint, especially if it's red and warm.
  • Your joint pain gets worse with exercise.
  • You have a fever without a specific illness.
  • You suffer pain when you put weight on a joint, especially if it causes you to limp.
  • Your joint feels unstable or the joint doesn't have full range of motion.
  • The pain becomes worse after exercise and doesn't improve over time.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about knee problems.

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, September 2004
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