Knee osteoarthritis

Knee OA Physical therapy exercises Above is the image of an xray with a knee with osteoarthritis. The one labeled preoperative is the one that is arthritic.  The images are properatively and postoperatively with a knee replacement. 

The treatment options for an arthritic knee are: in order from conservative to less conservative

  1. Anti inflammatory medications if approved from your physician
  2. Physical therapy and exercises
  3. Cortisone shots
  4. Synvisc injection – rooster comb that can help increase the smoothness of the joint area
  5. Knee replacement

The exercises for knee arthritis will not fix the arthritis but help the knee function with more support and increased proteoglycans (a fluid that helps your joints). The pain can be relieved to some degree as well. They are listed below.

  1. Calf stretch

Calf stretch 3 x 30 seconds 2 x a day, 5 x a week, 6 weeks

2. Sitting hamstring stretch

Hamstrings stretching 3 x 30 seconds 2 x a day, 5 x a week, 6 weeks

3. Straight leg raise

Perform 3 sets of 10 slowly 2 x a day , 5 x a week for 6 weeks

4. hip adduction strengthening

Squeeze ball between knees

5. Hip abduction

Pin by Amber Watson on Resistant Band | Pinterest | Articles

Use moderate resistance band, pull outwards 30 x , 2 sets, 5 x a week for 6 weeks

Rheumatol Int. 2002 Jul;22(3):103-6. Epub 2002 May 7.Effectiveness of a home-based exercise therapy and walking program on osteoarthritis of the knee.Evcik D1, Sonel B.we conclude that a simple home-based exercise therapy and a regular walking program are effective in treating the symptoms of OA.



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