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October 2018
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Low Impact Aerobics

Low Impact Aerobics

Low impact aerobics involves continuous exercise involving large groups of muscles where at least one foot always remains on the ground.  This type of exercise is ideal for people with osteoarthritis in their knees  and overweight people.  It is a great way to begin and maintain an exercise program.  Low Impact Aerobic Classes include controlled arm and leg movements used in a continuous rhythmic activity.

Each class should start with stretching and a warm-up, and end with a cool-down period.  Aerobic exercise is important for weight loss.  Lose weight, get exercise and the pain associated with your knee osteoarthritis should dissipate.  Need some support while exercising?  Try knee sleeves for warmth, compression, and stability.

Clotting Problems

Clotting Problems

NSAID use can interfere with the clotting of blood.  This series of blog posts is about the possible side effects associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat knee osteoarthritis.

If the efficiency of your body’s ability to clot blood is affected you may bruise easily or have trouble stopping bleeding if you are cut or lacerated.

A study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery concluded that neoprene knee sleeves can reduce pain and increase function in a knee with osteoarthritis more effectively than NSAIDs.

Water Therapy

Water Therapy

Johns Hopkins University recently reported that exercising in warm water (about 82 degrees) is appropriate for gentle range-of-motion exercises.  The body is supported by buoyancy so there is less stress on arthritic knees.  Waist deep water will bear about 50% of a person’s body weight, chest deep water will bear 75%.  Water also provides about 12 times the resistance to exercise as compared to exercising out of water.

800 Patients with osteoarthritis in their knees were examined in a recent Cochrane review.  Researchers concluded that pain may decrease and function may improve.  It’s August – why not get in the pool and give it a try?

In case you are wondering, Neoprene knee sleeves can be worn in the water.

When my doctor first advised me to wear neoprene knee sleeves to treat my osteoarthritis, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical. I mean, how much support and pain relief could a flimsy piece of equipment like that provide? But after wearing the knee brace for just a few days, I found myself eating crow.

During my next visit to the doctor, she informed me that the warmth and compression from the neoprene brace prevents swelling and promotes blood flow to the knee, which facilitates the transportation of oxygen and nutrients. And while the brace may not look like it, it actually provides a good deal of stabilization around the joint. Best of all, it’s affordable and simple, unlike other remedies I’ve tried for my OA.