I had a hip surgery last year that didn't heal well and had subsequent nerve damage. I spent a year in physical therapy, but that was cancelled due to aggravating more than helping my symptoms. I am prepping for another surgery, but in a few weeks when I'm back on my feet, I'm joining a gym. I was curious what everyone has had success with in terms of exercise. My rheumatologist recommended Tai Chi and water exercise, and recommended avoiding yoga. I used to love yoga, so it saddens me to hear that. He said that over-extending and pushing flexibility limits can be bad, but I actually read here: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/exercise/ that yoga is recommended. Any thoughts?
Here's what I'm planning on starting with:
Water based strengthening to start (I learned this in PT and LOVED it)
maybe a few water aerobics classes (if they're available at my local gym)
light strength training (after I get re-accustomed to it in water)
Tai Chi (if it's available at my local gym)
I'd love to hear what everyone else is doing in terms of exercise. Maybe we can share tips or ideas!
Here are a few I've found helpful:
*Learn and practice proper posture until it is reflex. I know this sounds basic, but this was stressed to me in a full-time physical therapy program and it really has made a difference.
*Learn biofeedback. It's amazing what control can do to improve suffering and maybe even lessen pain.