Knee osteoarthritis affects more than 19% of the American population over age 40 and 38% over age 60.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the breakdown of the joint surfaces that result in pain, inflammation and restricted motion which all result in disability and decreased quality of life. Osteoarthritis most commonly affects the knee.
Research shows that we don’t understand the full cause of osteoarthritis with varying data around age, obesity, cartilage or biomechanics. However, research is clear that low-to-moderate intensity exercise that focuses on strengthening and aerobic conditioning is the most effective treatment for knee osteoarthritis. Strength and conditioning of supporting dynamic structures allow for shock absorption and stability during movement, decreasing chronic recurrent stresses on the joint.
What does this mean for anyone suffering with Knee Osteoarthritis? It means that movement emphasizing strength and endurance of muscles surrounding the knee and the entire lower extremity help to decrease pain and improve quality of life.
If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis, please give Access Group Physical Therapy a call. We will complete a full, individualized assessment and help get you to feeling your best.
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Wallace, Ian et al. Knee osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2017 Aug 29; 114(35): 9332–9336.