Will Exercise Cause Damage to my Joints or Cause an Arthritis Flare? Dr. Rebecca Manno talks about how research has shown that exercise helps joints with arthritis. In This VideoRebecca Manno, MD, MHSDr. Manno is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology. The focus of her research is the effect of inflammatory arthritis and vasculitis on muscle, strength, and function; particularly in older patients.