21 November 2019 | Views | By Dr. Roopa Tekkatte,Aster RV Hospital.
Regular exercise has been found to reduce and even relieve not just arthritis pain but also other symptoms like swelling and stiffness
Just how we often compare a human brain to the C.P.U. of the computer, we cannot ignore that the human body in itself is no less than a machine which if not made to work or move can end up rusting. This is simply the reason why health experts cannot stress enough on how crucial and important it is for humans to exercise for the betterment of their bodies. Many times due to certain medical conditions or the pain we experience, some of us try to avoid exercising but more often than not, doctors suggest otherwise.
A common medical condition in which patients mostly are unsure if they should exercise or not is arthritis which affects millions of people globally. This confusion is usually due to knee pain which is commonly a by-product of arthritis. Exercising with an arthritic knee tends to come across as absurd to many. However, contrary to the common belief, regular exercise has actually been found to reduce and even relieve not just arthritis pain but also other symptoms like swelling and stiffness.
Some of the reasons why one should exercise despite arthritis of knees are:
Exercises for knee arthritis
It is not enough to just exercise without being well informed about the effect of those exercises as well as about your body and its condition. An arthritis patient’s doctor or physical therapist can best recommend some exercises that may include strengthening exercises, aerobic exercises, range-of-motion exercises, and other activities. Your doctor should fit exercising into your treatment plan based on the type of arthritis that you have and the joints that are involved.
Before beginning to exercise, understand what's within your limits and what level of exercise is likely to give you results.
The following exercise routine can be practiced daily to strengthen the muscles that stabilize and support the knee, and also to improve balance by training your brain to be aware of your leg's position in space:
Some discomfort, pain and even a bit of soreness is likely to be experienced during exercising which is completely normal. But severe pain, swelling or stiffness is not preferred which is why it is suggested to do exercises in consultation with your doctor as well as to start put slowly and increase gradually.
Pre & post exercise
About 20 minutes before you begin exercising, you can out a moist-heat pack on your knees. This will allow the blood to come to the surface, reduce stiffness and also soothe in case of pain.
If pain medications are included in your intake, try having those 45 minutes prior to exercising.
After you are done exercising, make sure you do some stretches to prevent the muscles from tightening. You can also put an ice pack on your sore knee after exercising for 10-15 minutes as this would bring down any swelling if caused by exercises.
Before starting out with exercising your arthritic knee, some tips to be considered include:
Contributed by Dr. Roopa Tekkatte Consultant Rheumatologist, Aster RV Hospital.