Exercise is often recommended for older adults with pain, but pain itself is often a barrier to increased activity. This article reviews the evidence on the impact of various forms of exercise and related movement therapies on older adults with pain problems. The literature is reviewed with respect to published guidelines.
When prescribing exercise, it is important to consider appropriate intensity, type, and duration of exercise as well as incorporating a plan for progression. Strategies to ensure adherence to exercise programs are also important.