According to the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center exercise such as walking is essential to physical and mental health and may play a vital role in the management of arthritis. Regular walking such as that fostered by a treadmill desk can keep the muscles around problem joints strong and decrease bone loss.
Additionally regular walking replenishes lubrication to the cartilage of affected joints thereby reducing stiffness and pain. However, the Center stresses moderation during times of flare ups.
The Center also advises that walking on a shock absorbing treadmill may be the best exercise for someone with osteoarthritis, even in the knees. The TrekDesk Treadmill Desk allows patients to walk as much as they want and complete their work tasks as well.
Numbers released by the CDC in October of 2010 showed that 22% of US adults ( 49.9 million) suffer from arthritis and that 42.4% of this population suffers activity limitations due to the disease.
Due to rising rates of obesity and aging demographics arthritis concerns are alarming health officials. One in three obese adults suffer from arthritis.
"The report confirms arthritis is common, costly and disabling," Arthritis Foundation president and CEO Dr. John H. Klippel said in a statement. "The number of adults with arthritis has increased by nearly one million per year and it is impacting the usual activities of an unprecedented 21 million adults."
He further added that, "with some 67 million Americans projected to have arthritis by 2030, now is the time to escalate efforts to prevent, treat and cure the most common cause of disability in the United States."
Researches noted that an increase in the levels of physical activity such as that provided by walking and a corresponding reduction in the rate of obesity would reduce the increasing rates of arthritis. The study is chronicled in the October 8th issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.