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Exercise for the Painful Arthritic Knee [news]

Exercise and rehabilitation programs for osteoarthritic (OA) knees have often been limited due to fear of exacerbating inflammation and joint cartilage destruction. Some programs have even been restricted to gentle range of motion and stretching exercises only. This article outlines strengthening techniques that have been used practically in clinic and gym settings that have achieved great results.

Rest and a reduction in movement are often recommended as treatment for osteoarthritic knees.  However, immobilising a knee joint has some serious consequences for recovery.  Loss of muscle strength during immobilisation occurs at 1–2% a day so conditioning is vital during rehabilitation. A literature search confirms that both isometric and isotonic resistance training can benefit osteoarthritic patients/clients.

Written by Suzi Nevell

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