I've been having transient problems with my elbows and range-of-motion. Sometimes I can't contract an arm fully, and sometimes extending an arm is very painful.
For some reason I don't understand, doing traditional weightlifting/bodybuilding exercises helps enormously. Even just standing up and holding dumbbells at my sides allows me to extend my arms to 180 degrees with only moderate pain and it feels very satisfying.
Recently I talked with a physical therapist and he said this was the worst possible thing I could do for inflamed joints, and that I'm overstretching and damaging them.
So now I'm not sure what to do think. It seems that most web sites say that weightlifting is good for inflammatory arthritis. Does anybody here have insight into this? Thank you in advance!