Knee osteoarthritis is a very common problem. As I have reviewed in previous blogs, and as I detail in my book, The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis, treating osteoarthritis should include several basic steps, including an appropriate anti-inflammatory diet, exercises, and often supplements. Exercising should ideally include three parts:
(3) aerobic conditioning
Always check with your doctor prior to starting any new exercise program to make sure it is safe for you to participate. In this blog, I am going to review some basic, high yield stretching exercises that are geared particularly towards patients with knee osteoarthritis. Please check with your doctor before trying any of these exercises to make sure it is safe for you to do so.
First, some stretching basics.
Stretching should never be painful. If you feel pain, stop and talk to your doctor or physical therapist as you are either doing the stretch incorrectly or pushing yourself too far, which may result in injury.
Anyone can stretch. Sometimes a patient tells me, "I can't stretch. I have always been tight and I can't get any looser." This is simply not true. While a 60 year old man who have never stretched before will probably never achieve the flexibility of a 19 year old gymnast, that 60 year old man can still make significant and therap