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Archive for September 17th, 2012

A squat produces high forces on the knee when it is bent.  This puts a lot of friction on the knee.

Osteoarthritis usually develops as the result of mechanical stress.  This means that while some people are diagnosed with osteoarthritis, everyone is susceptible to it.  While certain people are more likely to develop osteoarthritis, certain activities have been shown to increase the risk.  Specifically, exercises involving large or repetitive forces on the knee.  If done appropriately, exercise can be helpful for osteoarthritis.  Unfortunately, excessive exercise can be harmful.

Exercises like squatting and running can hurt your cartilage.  Each squat or jarring landing can cause micro-trauma, leading to inflammation.  Inflammation leads to osteoarthritis of the knee.  Squats are particularly dangerous for individuals with osteoarthritis because of the significant forces placed on the knee while it is bent.  This pressure can tear your cartilage.

A neoprene knee sleeve can be helpful for individuals with knee osteoarthritis.  It can support the knee and restrict motion at the most extreme angles.  This reduces shear forces on the cartilage.  Neoprene knee sleeves can also support the knee while running.  This reduces the impact on the cartilage from each step, minimizing the micro-trauma and bringing down the swelling and inflammation in the knee.