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Functional exercises 'recommended'

People who are suffering from chronic knee, back or hip pain have been advised to include functional exercises in their daily lives.

Dr Nicola Walsh, senior lecturer at the University of the West of England in Bristol, said that doing so can help to monitor improvements.

"What's very important is that functional activities, such as sitting to standing, walking or stair climbing are integrated into any programme, as patients can see a direct correlation between exercises they are doing and potential improvements in their function," she explained.

The comments come after the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy awarded Dr Walsh its largest ever research grant for her studies into the clinical and cost-effectiveness of prescribing exercise and self-management for older people with chronic knee, hip or lower back pain.

Dr Walsh added that people should also consider making exercise enjoyable and introducing a social aspect in order to increase the likelihood of long-term adherence.

 

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