Exercises for Osteoarthritis

The following article was contributed by guest blogger Tammy Mahan from Healthline.com.

Exercises for Osteoarthritis

Those who suffer from Osteoarthritis know how important it is to keep moving the knees or you could lose your mobility entirely. The old adage “use it or lose it” was never so true when it comes to Osteoarthritis. The right exercises are important as well because it could determine if you are doing damage to the joints. That is why it is best to see your physician and get the correct exercise program for your OA. Those who want to start exercising should make sure that they do not do high impact exercises.

Osteoarthritis and Cardiovascular Exercises

In order to have good heart health it is important to exercise and eat properly. It is important to combine cardiovascular and Osteoarthritis exercise to remain healthy with the ability to maintain mobility. A good brisk walk for instance is better for you than jogging. When it comes to keeping your heart rate going, you can tolerate just about any exercise. When it comes to Osteoarthritis it depends on what your knees and hips are able to tolerate. When you are able to keep mobility, you will reduce the pain you feel in your knees and hips.

Strength and Range of Motion

Strengthening the muscles around the joints is vital to keeping the joints mobile and relieving pain. Losing stability in the joint is part of the reason you suffer pain. It is very helpful for you to do weight lifting as long as you are not overdoing the amount of weights you are lifting. Almost 50% of people who do muscle strength training by lifting weight have found that they have much less pain. It really does not matter your age, it is very important to strengthen the muscle tissues around the knee and hips.

Flexibility and range of motion are another great concern for those who suffer from Osteoarthritis. Luckily, there are specific exercises to do, that will help increase flexibility and range of motion around the knees and hips. The activities you do must not bring force to the hips and knees. You should always check with your physician before you start any form of exercises to improve your flexibility and range of motion. Stretching exercises should be done in a pool.

Types of productive exercises

Do your exercises in a very casual manner to allow the joints to lubricate and help in the healing process. Exercises for Osteoarthritis

  • Leg swings help improve the hips. They should be done while setting on the side of the pool. The use of the pool is important because it helps to provide buoyancy, giving you a better range of motion.
  • The next exercise is leg extensions done by extending your leg backward very gently. This exercise should be done with a therapist because done the wrong way could cause back problems.
  • When it comes to helping the knee, do what is called knee-rocks. You should get down on a mat with one knee and rock forward keeping your shoulders straight. This is an excellent stretch since it protects the lumbar spine.
  • Next do very simple exercises called straight leg raises. Simply sit in a chair, straighten the leg, and raise it straight out in front of you. Alternate legs while you are doing this exercise.

Tammy Mahan has worked in the healthcare field for 20 years. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on Healthline.Com.