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Arthritis of the Knee: Prevention & Exercises

As we all know, unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis in its many varied forms, including arthritis of the knee.  Therefore “prevention” and “management” should be the watch words in dealing with this chronic and progressive disease.

Prevention:

  1. Educate, educate, educate yourself.  Knowledge is power and only you can determine what is beneficial to you as far as your specific arthritis symptoms.
  2. Weight Management.  Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to help minimize and prevent arthritic symptoms such as joint stiffness, limited range-of-motion and general joint pain, especially for knee pain.
  3. Perform low-impact exercises to minimize trauma to arthritic joints.  It is important not to exercise rigorously every single day.  Your body needs to rest in between workouts.

Here is a gentle knee exercise to do every day to increase flexibility, range-of-motion and mobility:

  1. Lie on a soft surface, preferably on carpet with a yoga mat, with your knees bent and your heels touching the floor.
  2. Keep your feet flat on the floor while sliding one heel back towards your bottom and hold for 7 seconds.
  3. Return leg to original position and repeat 7 times.
  4. Repeat with other leg.

That’s all there is to it!

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