Health Tip: Coping With Knee Arthritis

Health Tip: Coping With Knee Arthritis

Options that don't involve surgery

(HealthDay News) -- Knee arthritis can make it difficult to exercise, or even perform day-to-day activities. But there are ways to treat symptoms without surgery.The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises:

Ease strain on your knees, such as by avoiding stairs, opting for low-impact exercise and losing weight.

•Practice physical therapy to promote strength, flexibility and function in your knee.

•Consider cushioned shoes, a knee brace or bandage, or a cane.

•Use heat or cold therapy to help ease pain and stiffness.

•Talk to your doctor about using medication and alternative therapies.

2 Replies

  • I would argue at least one other - use the knee(s) every day. We forget that because we cannot but use them, I think. But simply standing up and lifting one leg, gently swinging it for a few minutes will help draw fresh blood into that knee and thus help the self-repair process of the synovial membrane.

  • I do knee extensions with weights (2 to 5 pounds)

    Lift up your weighted leg and extend the knee as far as it will go. Hold steady for 10 seconds. Do 15 repetitions twice daily.

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