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Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: arthritis | knee | pain | exercise | rest

Should I Rest or Exercise an Arthritic Knee?

By    |   Tuesday, 14 April 2015 03:50 PM EDT

Question: I have osteoarthritis in my knee and my doctor has said I should rest when I’m in pain. But a friend who is a personal trainer says he’s wrong and that exercise is the best thing to do to alleviate knee pain. What’s your view?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Your trainer is right. Movement prompts the flow of joint fluids that provide nutrients to cartilage in the knees. Even healthy joints become stiff, painful, and impaired when left to rest.

This said, when you have worn or destroyed cartilage, you end up with bone-on-bone rubbing because there isn’t enough healthy cartilage to cushion movements — and that can be very painful. The secret here is to address joint changes early, before cartilage is worn or destroyed.

Do not lose hope. Even people with advanced cases of OA benefit from non-surgical orthopedic therapies. There are some truly wonderful results reported by regenerative medicine centers where therapy can help treat damaged, arthritic joints. Depending upon the severity of the disease, tissue damage, and size of the affected joint, people usually need a series of one to six treatments to improve.

I would recommend that you ask your orthopedic surgeon to refer you to such a center. You have little to lose and much to gain here.

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Exercise, not rest, is usually the way to go with an arthritic knee.
arthritis, knee, pain, exercise, rest
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 03:50 PM
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