Can you still exercise/walk (as much as is possible) if you have bone on bone osteoporosis-arthritis

NannyCarol Member Posts: 4
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:05 in Living with arthritis
I am new on here and look forward to being here


  • Brynmor
    Brynmor Member Posts: 1,755

    Hi @NannyCarol and welcome to the Online Community.

    With no one here being medically qualified, my instant answer is to "ask your doctor"! This is very much a question that will depend on a sound medical diagnosis of you and your individual condition.

    The advice for walking with osteoporosis is that it is a good exercise to improve bone strength . It is also good for keeping thigh and hip muscles strong, which is important to help people have good balance and prevent falls. You can read more information on our Osteoporosis page here.

    Having said that, I strongly recommend you consult your health specialist for proper medical advice. I will be interested to see if any of our members have personal experience they can relate.

    Do join in across the Community and ask questions, chat or call in at Val's Café. You will be made most welcome.

    All best wishes


  • NannyCarol
    Thank you Brynmor, will check with GP.
    However my question should have read osteoarthritis and not osteoporosis, sorry. That’ll teach me to read before posting!
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520

    I exercise daily despite being bone-on-bone throughout both knees. Nine years ago I was refused new knees on the grounds of youth (I was 52) and now both ankles and both hips are affected by OA, which is hardly surprising. It is also in other joints as is my other arthritis, one of the auto-immune versions.

    Exercise for me is not going for long walks because I can only manage short ones either unaided or with my rollator. Neither is it pounding a treadmill or running, all that gym bunny nonsnse is for those who do not have arthritis. I use resistance bands and light weights merely to keep my muscles as strong and flexible as possible so they better support my rotted joints. Does it hurt? Yes. Does it reduce my overall pain? No. Is there any point in doing i? Yes, it is beneficial for my overall health and well-being. DD

    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • NannyCarol

    Hi DD

    Thank you so much for your comments. I seem to be quite like you. I go for daily slow walks with my rollator because I feel I should, as you say, for muscles. I was just worried that bones rubbing together while walking etc would wear them away altogether eventually. Silly I know, but just something I often think about.