Have you got arthritis in your knee? Too painful to exercise the way you used to? And now you are putting on weight…and the pain is getting worse?
You are in a very common cycle that you can combat smartly.
There’s always a way – if not 2 or 3!
The most obvious thing to improve arthritic joint pain is to reduce the inflammation which is the main contributing factor. In plain language, you need to stop loading up the troublesome joint.
So for the golfer who plays twice per week and is struggling with night pain after your 18 holes…why not look to getting a buggy for the next few rounds?
Moreover, there is a culture of taking anti-inflammatory tablets like smarties in arthritic patients, but certain brands can be quite corrosive on the stomach. So maybe a safer bet is to get a prescription anti-inflammatory topical gel and use in plentiful amounts on the affected area.
Movement is Key
Keep moving the joint in question – but not while weight bearing. A troublesome knee joint is usually well able to complete a full revolution on an exercise bike.
Most patients protest that exercise bikes = insufferable boredom!!!
Well let’s look at the benefits of cycling for 30 minutes on a static exercise bike 5 times per week – IN FRONT of the TV!!!!!
- Increased range of motion in the troublesome joint (hip or knee). This means less stiffness after sitting in a restaurant or going to the cinema!
- Increased circulation – lubricating the inflamed area and increasing healthy blood flow – this means your knee can have less swelling, redness and heat through those affected areas.
- Increased strength in the surrounding muscles which support the joint – helping to unload the pressure that goes through that weight-bearing area. which means walking slopes (up or down hill) will be less problematic.
- Weight loss – every pound of weight lost is equivalent to 4 pounds less pressure going through the affected joint – so you really only have to lose a couple of pounds to get the effect of losing a stone!!
We do exercise classes for people living with health conditions at Personal Health. These include Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Cancer and Stroke survivors, Diabetes, Cardiology patients, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
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