Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of the cartilage in a joint. That cartilage serves as a cushion between bones and the breakdown of this tissue leads to pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis is caused by both genetics and abuse to the cartilage in the joints from overuse, injury and obesity.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a crippling condition, preventing the usual activities of walking, exercise and often resting without pain. The construction of an individualized exercise program featuring muscle strengthening, balance and flexibility can do much to improve function in this condition, and should be incorporated into the treatment…