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Managing Knee Osteoarthritis Through Exercise and Osteopathy

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Dr Kathleen Furey

Osteopath

Understanding Knee Osteoarthritis

Living with knee osteoarthritis can be challenging, and the diagnosis can be a bit scary. But having OA of the knee is very common, in fact 73% of people over 55 years have osteoarthritis (OA), the knee being the most frequently affected joint. And most importantly, a diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to limiting your activities and experiencing pain.

The Role of Osteopathy in Managing Knee Osteoarthritis

There is a lot you can do to minimise the pain and actually slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis. In fact, incorporating exercise and osteopathy into your routine can be a game-changer in managing your symptoms and improving your quality of life.

Leveraging Exercise for Knee Osteoarthritis Management

Exercise is not only safe, but is also highly beneficial for arthritic joints. Research has consistently shown that regular physical activity can significantly reduce pain and improve function in people with arthritis. Despite the initial apprehension of exacerbating knee pain, engaging in the right exercises can bring about profound relief and long-term benefits.

Tailoring Your Exercise Routine

One of the key advantages of exercise is its ability to maintain joint mobility and muscle strength. By focusing on strengthening exercises that target the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteal and calf muscles, you can stabilise the knee joint and alleviate discomfort. It’s important to note that some patients may experience a temporary increase in symptoms when starting a new exercise regimen. Your osteopath will be able to support you during this time with manual therapy and close supervision of your knee rehabilitation exercises. This initial discomfort typically subsides within a few weeks as your body adjusts and strengthens.

Embracing Physical Activity

Tailoring an exercise program to suit your individual needs and capabilities is crucial for success. Whether you prefer walking, swimming, biking, or other low-impact activities, finding an exercise routine that you enjoy and can stick to is paramount. Remember, consistency is key, and even small increases in physical activity can yield significant benefits in managing knee OA.

Overcoming Challenges and Seeking Support

For those daunted by the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, don’t be discouraged. Every little bit counts, and even short bouts of activity can contribute to pain reduction and improved function. Once you are comfortable using your knee, aim to incorporate movement into your daily life, whether it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a leisurely stroll after dinner. If certain activities exacerbate your symptoms, your osteopath will offer guidance in finding alternate exercises.

Comprehensive Knee OA Treatment at CBD Health Sydney

At CBD Health Sydney, we are experienced in comprehensive knee OA treatment and rehabilitation, combining the benefits of osteopathy, massage, dietetics and exercise to provide holistic care. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you navigate your journey to better joint health. Don’t let knee OA hold you back any longer – take the first step towards a happier, healthier life today. Schedule your appointment with us and empower yourself to live life to the fullest, despite knee OA.

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