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Stretching Is Important

December 11, 2018

Standing Calf Stretch

 

Stretching can help relieve knee pain in people with osteoarthritis.  Keeping your muscles loose and limber is important for your knees.  Stretching is actually at the core of many treatment programs for osteoarthritis of the knee.  Stretching is free and you don’t need a prescription for it.  Hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and hip flexors are the muscles that need special attention.  If your legs are tight your knees will be stiff.  You want your knee joint to slide, glide, and rotate easily.  Limber muscles will help achieve that.  Stretching and strength training are necessary if you are looking to avoid surgery or cut back on prescriptions and over the counter pain killers.  If your excuse for not stretching and exercising is that your knees hurt, try a knee brace.



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