Groton Chiropractic Exercise Ideas for Knee Osteoarthritis Management

Numerous people have knee osteoarthritis in both or one knee. That doesn’t cause sufferers to feel any better about it. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office has some new exercise tips and treatments our Groton knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients will want to try for themselves.

KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS (KOA): What It Is and How Common It Is

Knee osteoarthritis is related to aging and oh so common! 86 million people around the world over the age of 20 were diagnosed with it in 2020. Typically, knee osteoarthritis sufferers experience a loss of knee extensor strength, an increase in the severity of knee pain, and a drop in functional performance. (1) Knee osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage, part of the natural aging process whether we like it or not. Physical activity has demonstrated a positive effect on cartilage structure even though just which physical activity is best has yet to be determined. (2) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office sees new treatment ideas being studied a lot.

KOA TREATMENT:  Your Groton chiropractor has it.

A chiropractic treatment approach has demonstrated promise. A trial of treatment based on principles of Cox® flexion distraction decompression for knee osteoarthritis – that is distraction of the knee – reported relief of patient-perceived pain from 7.7 (out of 10) to 1.8 in a mean of 5.3 visits in 3 weeks for 25 patients. (3) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office can link this treatment (and even some cartilage-supporting nutrition!) with your home-exercise for relief.

KOA TREATMENT: YOU, our Groton knee pain patient

Despite the benefits of exercise on KOA is well established, KOA sufferers don’t usually keep doing their exercise practice. One study made an easy-to-follow video set and automated recording calendar of when they did each video that resulted in an 82.4% participation rate. Not bad! The patients also shared their noticed satisfaction, pain reduction, and better physical function. (4) One 4-week intervention of single knee, non-KOA knee extensor strength training resulted in significant improvement in the knee extensor strength of the knee with KOA! This is called “cross education phenomenon.” The enhanced extensor strength and neuromuscular function of the knee with KOA continued for 3 months. (1) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is pretty confident a KOA sufferer will not care which knee is exercised as long as relief is forthcoming! A proposed YOGA (YOGa and strengthening exercise for knee osteoArthritis) study was recently described to see how yoga’s mind-body exercise format - recognized as enhancing flexibility, muscle strength, balance and fitness - might reduce the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and even improve other outcomes like pain, function, quality of life, gait speed, cost effectiveness, and others. (5) Another study considered how blood flow restriction with low and high load resistance exercise of the KOA-affected knee changed various blood tests in female patients with unilateral KOA and found that markers for skeletal muscle tissues were increased. (6) All these studies on a variety of approaches to manage knee osteoarthritis may hopefully find a way to ease/prevent/better manage this common condition.

CONTACT Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Luigi Albano on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates beneficial chiropractic knee treatment via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for patients with KOA.

Schedule your Groton chiropractic appointment soon. Do you have knee osteoarthritis? Come in for a visit!

Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office shares recent studies regarding the exercise recommendations for knee osteoarthritis relief, even exercising the healthy knee for relief in the painful knee!
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