Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic: Improving Bone and Muscle Strength in People with Arthritis

Living with any type of arthritis like osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis or fibromyalgia in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic can definitely heighten one’s stress. Daily activities such as getting dressed, climbing up the stairs or running after a toddler can be hard to do when you’re having a bad flare-up. I completely understand this- especially since I recently experienced a flare-up of my own. There is one thing that can help ease the stress during this pandemic: knowing how to improve our bone and muscle strength.

What is Osteoarthritis, Inflammatory Arthritis and Fibromyalgia?

In very simple terms, osteoarthritis is the "wear-and-tear" type of arthritis, which occurs when the joint’s cartilage and the bone that it surrounds breaks down and the body can’t repair it. This is the most common type of arthritis and typically occurs in places like the knees, spine, hands, toes and hips. On the other hand, inflammatory arthritis is a group of autoimmune disorders where the body's immune cells begin to attack its own joints and other organs. As a result, pain, stiffness, damage and deformities can arise. And fibromyalgia affects the central nervous system, which causes widespread pain throughout the body.