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Should I Rest or Exercise an Arthritic Knee?

By    |   Tuesday, 14 April 2015 03:50 PM

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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