Sandy Springs Chiropractic Exercise Ideas for Knee Osteoarthritis Management

Countless people have knee osteoarthritis in both or one knee. That doesn’t make it any easier on its sufferers though. Cross Chiropractic Center has some new exercise tips and treatments our Sandy Springs knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients will want to attempt.

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 20 years old 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 decline 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 despite not yet knowing which exercise is best. (2) Cross Chiropractic Center sees new treatment ideas being published all the time.

KOA TREATMENT:  Your Sandy Springs chiropractor has it.

A chiropractic treatment approach has shown promise. A trial of treatment based on principles of Cox® flexion distraction decompression for knee osteoarthritis – namely 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) Cross Chiropractic Center can partner this treatment (and even some cartilage-supportive nutrition!) with your home-exercise for relief.

KOA TREATMENT: YOU, our Sandy Springs knee pain patient

Despite the benefits of exercise on KOA is well established, KOA sufferers are not known to continue the exercise practice. One study set up an easy-to-follow video series and calendar system that automatically noted when their did the exercises that showed an 82.4% participation rate. Not bad! The patients also reported satisfaction, pain reduction, and better physical function. (4) One 4-week intervention of unilateral, 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 better extensor strength and neuromuscular function of the knee with KOA continued for 3 months. (1) Cross Chiropractic Center is pretty confident a KOA sufferer won’t care which knee is exercised as long as there is relief! A proposed YOGA (YOGa and strengthening exercise for knee osteoArthritis) study was recently proposed to find out if yoga’s mind-body exercise format - recognized as enhancing flexibility, muscle strength, balance and fitness - might decrease the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and even enhance 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 altered various blood tests in female patients with unilateral KOA and discovered that markers for skeletal muscle tissues were higher. (6) All these studies on various approaches to manage knee osteoarthritis may hopefully find a way to ease/prevent/better manage this common condition.

CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center

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

Schedule your Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment today. Are you ready for some knee pain relief? Come see us!

Cross Chiropractic Center 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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