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Strength Conditioning

Strength Conditioning

Strength conditioning exercises (sometimes called resistance exercises) make your muscles strong.  Strengthening the muscles around your arthritic knee will make your knee more stable, like adding supports to a crumbling wall.

Gyms and health clubs have machines and free weights that can help strengthen your legs.  However you don’t need a membership to enjoy the benefits of strength conditioning exercises.  Leg lifts in a chair with an elastic strap can be just a effective as a thousand dollar leg extension machine.  Even if you are in your nineties training with weights or resistance will increase your quality of life.

Ask your doctor or physical therapist what strength conditioning exercises are right for helping you with your osteoarthritis.



Hamstring Curl

Hamstring Curl

Doctors and physical therapists both agree that increasing the strength of the anatomy surrounding your knee arthritis will help improve function and decrease pain.  The hamstrings are an important part of that anatomy.  Keeping your hamstrings loose and strong will help a lot!

One way to strengthen your hamstrings is with a hamstring curl.  These exercises can be performed with weights, an exercise ball or with a large elastic strap.  Check with your doctor or therapist to see if including hamstring curls in your strength training regiment is right for you.



Quadricep Strength

Quadricep Strength

This is a continuation of our series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 6 – Strong quadriceps are important for patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.  Increasing the strength of the quadriceps muscle can decrease pain and increase function.  It is an inexpensive and conservative treatment option for knee OA.