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Why should you continue to exercise with osteoarthritis of the knee

While it may be tempting to avoid exercise when you have osteoarthritis of the knee, continuing to exercise can actually be beneficial for managing the condition. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Reduces pain: Exercise can help reduce knee pain by strengthening the muscles around the knee joint, improving flexibility and range of motion, and increasing blood flow to the joint. This can lead to less pain and stiffness in the knee.

  2. Improves joint function: Exercise can also help improve joint function by increasing the amount of lubricating fluid in the knee joint and reducing inflammation. This can help improve your ability to perform daily activities and reduce the risk of disability.

  3. Maintains mobility: Regular exercise can help maintain mobility and prevent further loss of range of motion in the knee joint. This is important because immobility can lead to muscle weakness and joint stiffness, which can exacerbate osteoarthritis symptoms.

  4. Improves overall health: Exercise has numerous benefits for overall health, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and depression. These conditions can exacerbate osteoarthritis symptoms, so maintaining overall health is important for managing the condition.

It's important to note that not all exercises are suitable for individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee, and it's important to consult with a healthcare professional or physical therapist to determine which exercises are safe and appropriate for your individual situation. Low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and cycling are generally good options for individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee.

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