All patients suffering from arthritis (inflammation of joints) may benefit from exercises no matter what joint in their bodies has been affected by inflammation and subsequent damage.
Such patients typically have to deal with pain, stiffness of the affected joints and reduced mobility. Pain can be easily brought under control with certain medications. However, drugs simply cannot restore all the movements in the affected joint or strengthen weakened muscle. These can be achieved by a well organized exercise program.
The Importance of Exercises for Knee Arthritis
Exercise is known to be good for each and every body part. If it is regular and properly organized, it can improve one's flexibility, make muscles stronger and boost the overall function of the entire body. Patients suffering from knee arthritis commonly complain about pain and joint stiffness.
Once the pain is eliminated with pain relieving medications, stiffness remains. If the affected joint is stiff, one simply cannot move and is, therefore, forced to use walking aids such as canes, walkers, crutches or even wheelchairs and sometimes becomes dependent on other people. So, with adequate set of exercises these individuals may become more mobile and more independent, being able to perform at least simple every day tasks without being helped.
Exercises for Knee Arthritis
Patients suffering from knee arthritis are supposed to undergo a specially designed set of exercises made by their physical therapist. Only a well experienced professional can suggest the most convenient activity for this group of patients.
In the majority of cases such individuals are taught aerobic exercises, strengthening exercises and range of motion exercises. Aerobic training, especially if it is performed in water, increases the range of motion in the affected joint. Furthermore, strengthening exercises are in charge of muscle build-up and strengthening of muscle fibers. Once the muscles around the affected joint become strong enough, they will easily move the joint in the desirable direction. Finally, range of motion exercises are necessary for better flexibility of the affected joint and they also eliminate joint stiffness.
The doctor will decide how long an exercise session should last and how many times per week patients should practice.
While exercising, one is due not to exaggerate and once he/she fells pain, should immediately stop. Furthermore, if a couple of sessions have been skipped, patients must take it slow and gradually increase the duration and the intensity of exercises in order to prevent injuries. Finally, by having regular consultations with a health care provider, one may eventually opt for more strenuous activity, if his/her body and the affected knee is capable of withstanding the chosen sport.