Time to rethink 'no pain, no gain' for patients with peripheral artery disease
Doctors may want to revise the ‘no pain, no gain’ theory when it comes to exercise and patients with peripheral artery disease, a review suggests.
Patients stick with their exercise program better if they are given a pain-free option, rather than having to push through the walking pain barrier, researchers say.
Study co-author Edward Lin, a masters candidate at the University of Toronto in Canada, says pain plays a major role in completion and adherence rates.
“Walking to pain is effective, but only if patients actually do it,” he says.