Preventing Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Like many other conditions, preventing osteoarthritis is better than treating it. The more you can protect your knee joint the less risk you have of developing this painful condition. Some steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis in your knee include:

•    Maintaining a healthy weight – additional weight adds stress and pressure to your joints and can have the same effect as age in terms of wear and tear. Maintaining a healthy weight not only reduces stress to your joints but makes regular exercise easier to perform.

•    Low impact exercise – high impact exercise such as running places a lot of pressure on your joints and can lead to other injuries that increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis. Low impact exercises such as walking, cycling, swimming, yoga, Pilates and strength training help to strengthen and stabilize your knee without doing harm.

•    Taping/Bracing: if you are prone to knee soreness or have had a previous injury, taping provides support during exercise and can relieve some of the pressure on your knee. Speak to a physical therapist or athletic trainer about the best type of taping for your knee.

Osteoarthritis of the knee is a painful chronic condition that can reduce your enjoyment of life. With proper care and prevention you can reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis in the future.

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