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Baton Rouge Chiropractic Exercise Ideas for Knee Osteoarthritis Management

Scores of people have knee osteoarthritis in both or one knee. That doesn’t make it any easier on its sufferers though. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers has some novel exercise tips and treatments our Baton Rouge 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 everywhere! 86 million people globally over the age of 20 were diagnosed with it in 2020. Typically, knee osteoarthritis sufferers feel a loss of knee extensor strength, a greater 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 been shown to positively affect cartilage structure even though just which physical activity is best has yet to be decided. (2) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers sees new treatment ideas being published a lot.

KOA TREATMENT:  Your Baton Rouge chiropractor has it.

A chiropractic treatment approach has shown promise. A trial of Cox® flexion distraction decompression principled treatment for knee osteoarthritis – namely distraction of the knee – resulted in 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) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers can partner this treatment (and even some cartilage-supportive nutrition!) with your home-exercise for relief.

KOA TREATMENT: YOU, our Baton Rouge 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 set up an easy-to-follow video set and automated recording calendar of when they did each video that showed 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 improved extensor strength and neuromuscular function of the knee with KOA lasted for 3 months. (1) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers knows a KOA sufferer will not care which knee is exercised as long as there is relief! A proposed YOGA (YOGa and strengthening exercise for knee osteoArthritis) study was recently described to find out if yoga’s mind-body exercise format - known to improve 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 studied how blood flow restriction with low and high load resistance exercise of the KOA-affected knee changed various blood tests in female patients with single-knee 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.

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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.

Make your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. Are you ready for some knee pain relief? Come in for a visit!

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers shares recent studies regarding the exercise recommendations for knee osteoarthritis relief, even exercising the healthy knee for relief in the painful knee!