IS IT OKAY TO EXERCISE AN ARTHRITIC KNEE?

Exercising an arthritic knee may seem counterintuitive, but regular exercise can actually lessen — and even relieve — arthritis pain and other symptoms, such as stiffness and swelling.There are several reasons to exercise with knee arthritis

1) Exercise maintains the joint’s full range of motion.

2) Exercise strengthens the muscles that support the joint.

3) Strong muscles help the joint absorb shock.

Exercise doesn’t have to be hard to be beneficial. In fact, gentle, low-impact exercises are best for knee arthritis. They minimize stress on the joint as they increase its flexibility and strength.

Mild discomfort during exercise is normal. So is being a little bit sore the day after exercise. But if you experience severe pain, swelling, or stiffness, stop exercising the affected joint and see your physio or doctor.

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