For people with clotting disorders who have been more sedentary during the lockdown, it is important to resume activities gradually and safely to avoid exacerbating old injuries or creating new ones.
During the lockdown, many people were forced to stay home except for emergency situations. This made it very difficult to maintain a daily routine and usual activities. For many people with bleeding disorders, the lack of exercise has created more problems: weaker muscles, more joint pain, stiffness, and even impaired function. People with hemophilia should work collaboratively with their physical therapists to make sure they are doing the right exercise. Although videos on the Internet are helpful in providing instructions on how to do specific exercises, very often people try to go beyond their abilities with exercises that are not appropriate for them. You should always respect your body’s capabilities and stop at any sign of pain.
Spending a lot of time sitting causes sustained spinal pressure across the spinal discs and nerve roots. Changing positions regularly is key to maintaining healthy tissues. It is also important to take breaks to move and exercise.
Convincing younger children to do exercise routinely can be more complicated. During the lockdown, when children are prohibited from going to school, daycare or parks, it is important to carve out time where they have the opportunity to play and be active. It is also important to check your child regularly and contact your doctor if there are signs of injury.
WFH COVID-19 Webinar: Maintaining Joint Health for People with Bleeding Disorders During COVID-19.