A recently published article in a peer reviewed journal, discusses medical exercise as an alternate option to surgery for a degenerative meniscal tear in the knee, otherwise known as Arthritis. Now they are not just talking about doing any exercise but working with a trained healthcare professional (ie. Physiotherapist, Kinesiologist, Chiropractor or Athletic Therapist) supervising specific exercises for rehabilitation. However, we do already know that staying fit and active will always improve your health and reduce your risk for arthritis.
So they took a group of 17 patients who had degenerative meniscal tears and they either underwent a 3 months medically supervised exercise training program or an arthroscopic partial meniscectomy surgery. They measured their pain and quality of life at time points up to 1 year after the enrolment. Both groups showed similar reductions in the pain and increases in function and quality of life. However, the group who participated in the exercise program showed significantly greater improvements in anxiety and depression.
So if you want to avoid surgery for your knee arthritis then ascribe to the old adage "Motion is Lotion...", you have questions about the exercises you currently do, or want to start exercising for prevention, function and pain reduction, then contact a healthcare professional in your area to start medically supervised exercise today.
3 Tips for Managing Knee Arthritis
Weight Lose: lose 5 lb if you are over weight, it can reduce the load on your joint by 2.2 times
Exercise: find a safe exercise you enjoy and do it 3-5 days a week
Prolonged Sitting: if you have been sitting in a restaurant or at a movie, move your knee before you try to stand on it
Most of all get out and enjoy life even with knee arthritis!